||Issue No. 332||10 November 2006|
Affairs of State
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
Bisshop Looking for Converts
Bisshop, a privateer who arrived on Sydney's IR scene as point-man for Morris McMahon in its bitter, drawn out battle with AMWU members, last year, is back.
He's moved just around the corner to Thompson Roller Doors at Turella where he has injected himself into another battle to impose Howard Government individual contracts.
At Morris McMahon he was called, Crisis Manager, a role that seemed to involve shepherding scabs and organising security.
Under bizarre new industrial laws, he's showed up in the guise of "mediator", company mediator that is, running a campaign described as "blatant discrimination" by union officials.
Thompson Roller doors sacked its AMWU delegate then tried to move the staff onto AWAs. The sweetener was more money than it was prepared to pay staff on the collective agreement.
Last week, AMWU state president Tim Ayres, called that strategy "blatant discrimination".
The AMWU has begun unlawful dismissal proceedings over the sacking of its delegate.
Meanwhile, a company controlled by a Fortune 500 merchant bank has announced its intention to make redundant 52 workers, the exact number of trade unionists on its payroll.
Representatives of Trafalgar Building Supplies dropped the bombshell, this week, in the middle of strike action over its refusal to protect entitlements.
Trafalgar has about 80 people on its payroll, all-up.
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