|Issue No 37||29 October 1999|
Holy Sheet! Dirty Olympic Linen to Cost Jobs
A western Sydney company is under threat following a deal by Olympic organisers to sell off linen to NSW hospitals after the Games.
Unions fear up to 25 workers employed by June Anne Manufacturing, a Penrith company that has been supplying linen to the hospital industry for 26 years, will lose their jobs if the deal goes through.
Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union state secretary Barry Tubner says the problem relates to sheets, pillow cases, towels, blanket and laundry bags.
Tubner says SOCOG has entered into a leasing arrangement with the State Contracts Control Board that would see the linen sent to a laundry service for cleaning and then sold to NSW hospitals
"Because of the size of the order, it could take anything up to two years before the hospital industry needed the services of our members again," Tubner says.
Tubner says no-one knows if the Games linen is being made in Australia because SOCOG is refusing to disclose these details.
Republic: Yes, It's Time
Opposition leader Kim Beazley invoked the spirit of '72 when he launched the ALP's Republic campaign.
Interview: What Price a Just Republic?
Magistrate Pat O’Shane is far from happy with the republican model. But she still believes a Yes vote is her best chance for genuine constitutional reform.
Economics: Who the EFIC are you?
If you have not heard of Export Credit Agencies, don't be surprised because it seems they're not too interested in letting the public know what they do.
Unions: Old Habits Die Hard
With the release of its blue print [email protected] the ACTU seems to know where it wants to go. But again it has failed to face up to the underlying structural issues preventing it from getting there.
Legal: Second Wave: Reith's Non-Right to Strike
Peter Reith has called his new laws the Workplace relations Amendment (More Jobs Better Pay) Bill 1999. If legislation is to carry these new, colloquial titles then the ‘More Control, Less Freedom’ Bill would be a better title.
International: Wahid’s New Team
Indonesias new government is blemished by Suharto-era appointees but an advance for reform, says Indonesia’s trade unions.
History: They Fought Them on the Airwaves
Radio broadcasts were an important weapon in the long-running struggle for equal pay.
Satire: Revealed: SOCOG Reserving Gold Medals for Tattersalls
The scandal over the secret allotment of premium tickets for the 2000 Olympics escalated today with the news that members of Sydney’s elite Tattersall’s Club will receive Gold Medals without actually competing.
Review: What The Age Wouldn’t Print
Some time before Monday 18 October, Age editor Michael Gawenda saw red and then got out his blue pencil. An article, heavily critical of Robert Manne, written by Overland editor Ian Syson, was pulled by Gawenda.
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