|Issue No 39||12 November 1999|
Union Organiser Thrown Off Bridge
A company organising tourist climbs on the Sydney Harbour Bridge is resisting union attempts to talk to their staff, according to the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance.
Not only has 'The Climb Sydney' refused to allow organiser Caroline Chester entry to the staff tea room the company then told the MEAA Organiser she was not allowed to talk to the bridge climbers on Cumberland St in the Rocks because it was part of their workplace.
MEAA has been working with the Bridge Climbers to improve their terms and conditions of work and address safety matters since the Company varied the workers contracts to undermine a number of their previous conditions.
The Company has continuously removed MEAA information sheets from the workplace; warned staff not to talk to MEAA persons and refused to deal with employee issues such as working on the Bridge in bad weather.
Not only that the Company extended the climbers hours to midnight without consultation or a pay increase and no assistance in getting home.
When employees attempted to negotiate improvements to their varied agreements the Company refused to talk to individual members and started a fear campaign amongst the staff.
Caroline is planning a bridge climb day of unionists so she can talk to members and potential members. Contact her at MEAA if your interested in being involved.
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