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WA Govt Pulls Plug on Unionists


Western Australia's Education Department has blocked all electronic mail sent by a trade union members working in the agency.

Community and Public Sector Union/Civil Service Association Branch Secretary Dave Robinson said the tactic was a deliberate attempt to restrict Union access to it members. There was no prior consultation or notification.

Union Delegates were also threatened with possible disciplinary action if they globally e-mailed CPSU/CSA information.

Mr Robinson said management was obviously prepared to go to any lengths to stop the Union organising within the Department and the strategy would not go unchallenged.

The Union also believes health and safety representatives have been denied access to safety-related information and this was a clear breach of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

"This is one of the most flagrant attacks on the right of our Union to organise with members ever mounted by a government agency," Mr Robinson said.

When the matter was raised in WA Parliament this week by Australian Democrats leader Helen Hodgson, the Government claimed the e-mail was causing message delays on the Department's mail server.

The CPSU/CSA has rejected this claim, claiming the Department itself routinely sends bulk e-mails to its entire workforce.


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Features
*  Interview: Telstra Troubleshooter
Andrew Hillard first blew the whistle on Mal Colston’s expenses rorts; now he’s taking on Telstra over its tactics to drive down wages and conditions.
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*  Unions: A Christmas (Recruitment) Story
Staff at the Illawarra Mutual Building Society organised their own Christmas present - and, with the help of a little e-mail, delivered 80 new members to the ASU's Clerical and Administrative Branch.
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*  International: A Move to the Left?
John Passant look’s at ‘Red Ken’ Livingstone’s tilt at Mayor of London and what it means for the Radical Left.
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*  Legal: Going Broke: What Workers Should Do
A no nonsense guide to protecting your entitlements when the boss goes bust.
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*  Politics: "I Can't Believe It's Not Peter Reith":
The NSW Labor Government is waging a dirty campaign against the NSW Teachers Federation in order to gain the upper hand in the long running award dispute.
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*  History: One Big Nation
In the 1920’s rural Australia was arguing for its share of the national wealth through The Bush Workers Propaganda Group.
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*  Satire: Toddler Death Fallout: BMW Releases New Oven
The Victorian Government has turned up the heat on the gambling and car industries following a spate of children being locked inside cars.
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*  Review: The Stranger from Hobart
In his controversial new book, Peter Botsman lifts the lid on the unsung hero of federation, Andrew Inglis Clark
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»  Insurance Deal Guarantees Entitlements
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»  Casual Work Inquiry Moves Closer
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»  Questions Over National Push for 36 Hours Week
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»  WA Govt Pulls Plug on Unionists
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»  A Fair Day’s Surf
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»  Hotel Workers Jam AIRC
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»  PM's Security Guards Walk off the Job
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»  SOCOG Dances: Budget Not There
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»  Women Win Right To Wear Trousers
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»  Another Rustbucket On Our Coast
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»  Catholic School Teachers Endorse Strike Action
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»  We Can't Share the Spirit If We Can’t Afford the Rent
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»  Unionist Honoured Posthumously
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»  Radio Free East Timor
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