|Issue No 43||24 February 2000|
Pay Equity Cyber Picket on Premier
Supporters of equal pay for women are being urged to join a cyberpicket on the offices of NSW Premier Bob Carr calling on his government to give meaning to the long-running Pay Equity Inquiry.
Advocates are frustrated the government has failed to introduce legislative changes recommended in the Industrial Relations Commission's 1998 report in gender pay equity.
In that report Justice Leone Glynn called on the government to recognise the value of women's work by allowing the principles of pay equity to apply in enterprise agreements, a change that requires new laws. The government has so far refused to act.
The call comes as the Labor Council launched its case in the IRC to have the equal remuneration principle applied to award and over-award payments.
But Labor Council executive officer Naomi Steer says without the changes to enterprise bargaining, the chances of meaningful change are limited.
"The case in the IRC is important, but the premier could do a lot for working women by giving this proposal the green light".
Interview: Parting Gestures
Outgoing ACTU president Jennie George looks back on her time at the helm and charts some challenges for young women in the union movement.
Unions: While We Were Sleeping
It’s been a long hot summer for Australian workers - from the showdown in the Pilbara to the victorious National Textile workers. We look at the stories Workers Online missed while we were in the banana chair.
Media: Freudian Slips
The coverage of Jennie George’s final days as ACTU President were a case study in the art of psycho-tabloid.
Legal: Cookies’ Fortune
The breakaway union led by a man personally backed by the Prime Minister has been refused registration in a ruling that raises questions over the whole enterprise.
Politics: True Deceivers
In his controversial new book, Andrew Scott argues that Labor's rhetoric has outstripped its achievements.
Review: Rebel With a Cause
A new Michael Moore has emerged at the frontline of subversive television. His technique? Combining organising with silly suits.
Satire: Victorian ALP shock: "Apparently We're in Power!"
A recent survey conducted by the Victorian State ALP has revealed that the party is in government.
International: Right Hand Drive
The rise of the extreme Right in Austria carries some important lessons for our own society.
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