||Issue No. 331||03 November 2006|
From Green House to Glass House
Interview: Common Ground
Industrial: A Low Act
Unions: The Number of the Least
Politics: The Smoking Gun
Economics: Microcredit, Compulsory Superannuation and Inequality
Environment: Low Voltage
History: The Art of Social Justice
Review: Work’s Unhealthy Appetite
Culture: A Forgotten Poet
No Sex Thanks, We're Asian
Quite the opposite, according to a contract imposed on Chinese welder, Zhihong Fu, who is required to refrain from becoming pregnant, or impregnating anyone else, during his four years in Australia.
The no-sex clause has been blasted by Unions NSW secretary, John Robertson, who described it as "one more insult on top of a number of injuries."
"I don't think this sort of thing requires too much comment," Robertson said. "It is dehumanising, disgusting and unacceptable."
A Senate Estimates Committee heard Chinese guest workers are being forced to comply with employment contracts containing what are effectively 'no-sex' clauses.
A translation of the employment contract gives the employer the power to deport a worker who "For personal reasons result(s) in pregnancy or impregnating others."
Organising strike action and political activity are also outlawed by the contract that covered Fu, the guest worker who made headlines after breaking his arm at work.
Fu was forced to return to work after breaking his right wrist in a fall and claimed that injury led to him spraining his right arm when he was unable to properly control a drill.
Fu stopped work on his doctor's orders and Lakeside Packaging responded by sacking him and notifying him he would be deported within 28 days.
The 49-year-old was earning thousands of dollars a year less than the $41,000 minimum prescribed under the federal government's 457 visa program.
Earlier this month an Age investigation revealed labour hire firm, Worldlink to China Services, charged Fu more than $21,000 to bring him to Australia.
The AMWU has launched anti-discrimination action in a bid to prevent Fu being deported.
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