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  Issue No 39 Official Organ of LaborNet 12 November 1999  

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Paul Howes on Unions 2000


Just one week after Olympics Minister Michael Knight and Labor Council Secretary Michael Costa launched Unions 2000 it has already been heralded as a tremendous success.

 
 

Over 250 calls have been received by the Unions 2000 Call Centre as well as over 100 applications and with an average wage of $20.00 per hour, free travel to and from work as well as free meals its no wonder to response has been so large.

Special agreements have been had been made with some of the major employers for the Olympics who will endeavour to job match the Unions 2000 applicants in a wide variety of positions from Catering to Security. The great rates of pay are due to the Sydney 2000 Olympic & ParaOlympic Games Award, which was negotiated by the Labor Council of NSW.

The applicants come from all over the Sydney Region and have a wide variety of skills. Some of the initial applicants were skeptical about the scheme with one caller asking if the positions would be allocated in the same manner as the Olympic Tickets! The Unions 2000 staff assured the applicant the that all positions would be allocated on skill and indiscriminately unlike to tickets fiasco!

Regional Launches of Unions 2000 were held this week in Wollongong and Newcastle and the response from these areas has been overwhelming. In Wollongong TAFEs, High Schools, Job Network Members, the Council and the Unions have fully thrown their support behind Unions 2000.

People who apply for positions through Unions 2000 will receive industrial protection for the duration of their employment for only $6.00 per week. This provides a tremendous opportunity for unions to show to people who may not have previously been members of a union a positive imagine of unionism therefore making it more likely that they will join unions in later jobs. During the games up to 26 Organisers from the LHMU, AWU, SDA, MEAA and the Labor Council will be present to deal with any complaints from Unions 2000 workers and to make sure that all employers are complying with the award.


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*  Interview: Let Sleeping Dogs
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*  Work/Time/Life: Better Times for Casuals in the Sunshine State
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*  International: All Black Fate Looms for New Zealand Right
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*  Satire: Support Surges for Armenian Republic Model
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»  Union Organiser Thrown Off Bridge
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»  Justice at Last for Waterfront Asbestos Victims
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»  Timor Update: Positions Vacant; Upcoming Events.
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Columns
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»  Sport
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»  Trades Hall
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»  Piers Watch
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Letters to the editor
»  Fall of Communism as foreseen in 1931
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»  Reith an Error of Judgment
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»  Republic Post Mortem
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»  The Boston Strangler
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»  SOS From New York
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»  [email protected] - Wasn't it Satire?
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