||Issue No. 333||17 November 2006|
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
Bosses Strike Fair Deals
Businesses ranging from florists to bookshops, bottle shops to cafes have already signed up to the scheme, which will be promoted by more than 40 Rights at Work committees across NSW.
The program calls on employers to endorse five fair employment principles including respecting the right of workers to be union members and not to use AWAs.
Employers who sign up will display a 'Fair Employer' sticker on their shopfront and be promoted on a special website.
Unions NSW secretary John Robertson said the program was an opportunity for employers who believed in workers rights to make a stand - and be promoted as businesses that working families should support.
"As the Rights at Work campaign has gathered momentum many small employers and business have told me they do not support the Howard Government's IR changes because they see that it will be bad for business and bad for their communities," Robertson says.
"This Scheme will mean that businesses who treat their workers fairly will become preferred suppliers for working families.
"Losing the support of two million potential customers will be something businesses will have to weigh up when they consider taking the low-road of cutting wages and conditions under WorkChoices."
Unions NSW has set a target of 1,000 employers signed up to the scheme within its first 12 months.
The Office of NSW IR Minister, John Della Bosca, has backed the initiative and committed the state government to signing up.
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