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Olympic Uniforms Row Patched Up


Sydney 2000 organisers have agreed to transfer the manufacture of 15,000 business shirts from Indonesia to Australia as part of a deal to resolve a dispute over the production of Games uniforms.

The Textile Clothing and Footwear Union and the NSW Labor Council had raised concerns about the level of off-shore production, arguing local producers should be used wherever possible.

Under the SOCOG-trade union deal suppliers will also provide TCFUA officials with the names and addresses of overseas suppliers so they can ensure that minimum labour standards are complied with in accordance with the SOCOG Code of practise.

Tensions had flared between unions and SOCOG when the union was unable to secure details of the whereabouts of manufactures in Fiji, Malaysia and the Philipines.

TCFUA state secretary Barry Tubner says the agreement is an important first step in ensuring production of Games' uniforms is ethical and does not undercut opportunities for Australian workers.

"This is good news for the industry notwithstanding the fact that we would have preferred other items to be produced in Australia," Tubner says.

SOCOG says it has no objections to its contractors providing names and addresses of overseas manufacturing sites and will support relevant union officials getting access to visit all overseas companies contracted to produce workforce uniforms.

Tubner acknowledged the assistance of the Bonds company in resolving the dispute with SOCOG. He says the next step is to ensure the Code is being complied with.


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*  Interview: Let Sleeping Dogs
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*  Republic: Readers Speak - Kerry the Face to Deface
We asked and you have spoken; Sydney heiress Kerry Jones is the Workers Online choice for desktop doodling, as the official winner of our Defacement of a Nation competition.
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*  Economics: Understanding the Economy
Who was voted thinker of the millenium in a recent BBC Online poll? Karl Marx shooed it in. And another socialist, Albert Einsten, came second.
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*  Unions: Come Fly Away!
With just four weeks to go, Labor Council's Organiser of the year Award is up for grabs. We've only had the one entry ...
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*  Work/Time/Life: Better Times for Casuals in the Sunshine State
The Queensland Council of Unions has mounted a case in the Queensland IRC to increase wages for casual workers by up to $2.00 extra per hour.
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*  International: All Black Fate Looms for New Zealand Right
The New Zealand economic experiment – for many years the cherished role model of the Australian Liberal Party – is just about to face an angry jury.
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*  History: Who Remembers Egon Erwin Kisch?
Egon Erwin Kisch was a well known progressive journalist living in Germany when he was invited by the Australian branch of the world committee against war and fascism to speak at a conference in Melbourne in 1934.
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*  Review: Bizarrism - Strange Lives, Cults, Celebrated Lunacy
The strange story of Donald Crowhurst or how to cheat and become a God.
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*  Satire: Support Surges for Armenian Republic Model
The assassination by gun crazed extremists of the Armenian Prime Minister has been cautiously backed by Ted Mack and the Direct Electionist lobby as a possible new Republican model.
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News
»  First Social Audit Win For Rural Road Workers
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»  Y2K Bug Bites Rail Bookings
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»  Strikes Hit Schools - Before and After Class
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»  Olympic Uniforms Row Patched Up
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»  Charges to be Laid Over Gretley Disaster
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»  Jockeys Bucked On Compo
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»  Wag the Dog - Bosses Try the Back Door Strip
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»  Labour and Alliance Vow to Dump Contracts Act
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»  Bank Workers Win $3000 Payment for New Years Eve
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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
»  Guest Report
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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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