|Issue No 38||05 November 1999|
New Labour Advisory Council Meets
Bob Carr's new State Labour Advisory Council (SLAC) met for the first time this week, with the government's handling of the teachers pay dispute the main issue of contention.
Labor Council secretary Michael Costa reported on the first meeting of SLAC, announced at State Conference as a forum to address growing unrest by unions about the direction of government policy.
Costa told the weekly Labor Council meeting that the meeting was largely dedicated to procedure for future meetings - which will be held every four to six weeks.
It's been agreed that an agenda will be circulated before each meeting, with Costa, ALP state secretary Eric Roozendaal and Special minister for State John Della Bosca responsible for programming.
Union officials with an expertise in the agenda items to be discussed would be invited to represent Labor Council at each meeting.
But Costa did say there was a general discussion of upcoming public sector pay rounds, particularly the Education Department's handling of teachers' pay.
"We made it clear that it was not acceptable for a Labor government to bypass the unions in any negotiations of this nature," Costa says.
Interview: Peter Reith
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Education: The Boston Strangler
If the teachers' salaries "offer" had been any good, John Aquilina, the Minister for Good News Only, would have made the announcement and been seen to promote it.
Economics: Key Indicators
A new ILO publication provides real cross national comparisons which show that Australian workplaces rate very well on productivity, wages and non wage measures
Unions: Dili's Union Presence
The International Federation of Journalistsï¿½ Safety Office for the Media in East Timor (SOMET) is conducting an investigation into the recent killings of two journalists in East Timor.
History: Maritime Dispute Records
A Joint ACTU ï¿½ ASSLH project will identify and preserve as many records as possible arising from the 1997-98 Maritime Dispute.
International: Western Mining into Guns and Gold
An Australian mining company, Western Mining Company Limited (WMCL), has effectively won the support of the Philippines army in its battle with traditional owners in Southern Mindano.
Satire: Gay Scientists Isolate Christian Gene
Gay scientists today released a study which, they claim, at last identifies the ï¿½Christian Gene".
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