|Issue No 38||05 November 1999|
Unions Launch Search to Fill Games With Local Workers
The Labor Council will actively recruit workers for the Sydney 2000 Olympics to ensure local workers fill the lion's share of the 40,000 jobs available, while receiving industrial protection during the event.
Olympics Minister Michael Knight today launched "Unions 2000", an initiative by the NSW Labor Council, to help union members, their families and friend obtain employment during the Games.
Unions 2000 will create a one-stop clearing house for people wanting to be part of the Games through jobs in catering, security, cleaning, merchandising, spectator services and the Olympic village.
Those who register their applications through Unions 2000 will have their applications referred to major employers who are supporting the project and receive industrial protection for the duration of the Games for as little as $6.00 per week.
Labor Council secretary Michael Costa says Unions 2000 would provide the easiest way for local workers to sign up for the Games.
"For young unemployed, it's a fantastic opportunity to get training and experience in growth areas of the labour market during a major event. We would hope the federal government encourages the unemployed by allowing them to work at the games without being penalised in subsequent payments," Mr Costa says.
"We expect by giving people who may not be members a positive experience of unionism, that they will be more likely to join a trade union in later jobs."
Olympics Minister Michael Knight says the Unions 2000 initiatives will assist Games employers meet the massive demand for workers over the period.
"This will be a major task and anything that helps maximise the employment opportunities for local workers has my full support," he says.
Mr Knight says he welcomes the Labor Council's involvement, which follows negotiations of the Olympics Award which sets the framework for harmonious labour relations during the event.
To register, call Unions 2000 on 1300 360 404 or click below
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