|Issue No 43||24 February 2000|
The Bald Truth - Unions Hit the Campuses
Unions are moving to raise their profile amongst university students, with a four-campus tour to be held early in the first semester featuring Labor Council secretary Michael Costa.
Dubbed 'The Bald Truth' the tour will involve a series of forums on issues facing the labour movement in the information age.
The Labor Council will also distribute information about Unions 2000, the Worker Support Register and LaborNet to students who attend the forums.
The tour will coincide with a push by the National Union of Students to educate students about their rights at work. NUS state president Dom Rowe has produced a booklet that was distributed at O-weeks around the state.
Labor Council secretary Michael Costa says the tour is a great way to connect with future union members, particularly as many students worked their way through uni in casual work.
"We're about portraying unions as vibrant organisations that are relevant to all young workers, whether they be blue collar or white collar," Costa says.
"By engaging in some of the broader debates, we hope to convince younger people that unions are worth investing a commitment in."
Dates for the "Bald Truth" campus tour are:
Monday March 6 - University of Technology
Tuesday March 7 - University of New South Wales
Thursday March 9 - Macquarie University
Monday, March 13 - Sydney University
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