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  Issue No 42 Official Organ of LaborNet 17 December 1999  





Workers Support Register Gathers Steam

By Sarah Kaine

More than 250 people have signed up as members of a union activist shock troop, to help on pickets and major industrial campaigns.

The Workers Support Register was launched at the rally against the 'Second Wave' of Reith legislation on August 24 this year.

It is basically, a list of supporters prepared to be involved in activities which either defend the rights of workers to organise or assist in organising campaigns.

People who sign onto the register opt for varying levels of commitment - from taking part in 'peaceful community assemblies', to becoming correspondence activists, to giving up a Saturday to help organise non-members.

So far the response has been encouraging with over 250 people agreeing to be involved with organising efforts. More encouraging than simply the numbers, is the fact that the majority who signed on are prepared to help in any way needed.

We've already asked those on the register to assist with a situation facing housekeeping staff at the Hyatt Auckland - but more support is always needed so please consider joining our register and send a letter or fax (as outlined below) to help the Hyatt workers who are facing a management strategy intent on contracting out their jobs.

Mr Uli Hoppe

Hyatt Hotel Auckland



Fax: 0064 9 303 2932

Dear Mr Hoppe,

I wish to express my concern at the way you have treated your housekeeping staff.

I understand many of your housekeeping staff have long service with the hotel and much valuable experience.

I believe that:

1. You have acted with complete disregard to the staff by not consulting with them prior to announcing the decision to contract out.

2. Conducting contract negotiations whilst secretly tendering for their work is an act of bad faith and unworthy of a good employer.

3. Forcing housekeepers to reapply for their own jobs on less terms and conditions is unfair and wrong.

I urge you to reconsider your contracting out to Jani-King.

Meanwhile, if I ever visit Auckland I will ensure that I do not stay at the Hyatt Hotel and will most certainly be recommending to my family and friends not to stay at the Hyatt Hotel in Auckland.

Yours sincerely,


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In this issue
*  Interview: Costa Bravo
Labor Council�s chief trouble maker chronicles the battles of the past year and ponders those still to come.
*  Unions: More Wins Than Losses
Workers Online ranks the Top Ten industrial relations stories from a year of frenetic activity.
*  International: Eric Lee's Year in Review
The editor of Labourstart looks back over his favourite stories of 1999.
*  Politics: So Many Questions
It was a year in politics that threw up more questions than answers. We look at some of the sticky ones.
*  Republic: Referendum With Class
Labor heretic Michael Thomspson analyses the failure of the Republican proposition.
*  Environment: Seattle Kills Greens V Jobs Bogey
The sight of US unionists, environmentalists and human rights activists being attacked by police in Seattle shows how far the progressive movement has come.
*  Deface a Face: Give Him a Hairdo
What better present could Michael Costa offer Workers Online readers than the chance to give him a Deface a Face style make over?
*  Labour Review: What's New at the Information Centre
See the latest issue of Labour Review, our resource for officials, activists and students.
*  Review: Cultural Wasteland
Workers Online resident door-bitches Zanga and Paul pass judgement on the year that finished the millennium.

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»  More New Faces at the New ACTU
»  Reith Second Wave Not Beached Yet
»  Peace in the Gong
»  Workers Support Register Gathers Steam
»  Pay Equity Enters Campaign Mode
»  Union Aid Agency to Establish Dili Office
»  Job Vacancies at the LHMU

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