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Letters to the Editor

An Open Letter to Ansett


Rod Eddington, CEO Ansett

Fax: 03 9623 2691

Re: Sacking of Maria Gencarelli

Date: 30 March 2000

I was both shocked and disgusted to read a report in the Sydney Morning Herald on Tuesday March 28 that Ansett had sacked long-time employee Maria Gencarelli for sending union news through your email system.

This appears to be a direct attack on the rights of your staff to be members of the union. Using internal email to update employees on enterprise bargaining seems a completely legitimate use of the system. It is the modern equivalent of sticking a notice up on a noticeboard.

I would hope you would reverse this outrageous decision and reinstate Ms Gencarelli immediately. Otherwise I will never fly with Ansett again.

I fly frequently for work and was about to join your Global Rewards Program. However, I will now not do this. My wife is currently a Global Rewards member and she is seriously considering resigning as a result of your actions.

I am also encouraging my friends and colleagues to protest against your action by not flying with you.

Liam Phelan.

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In this issue
Features
*  Interview: The New President
At the end of her first week in the job, new ACTU President Sharan Burrow trades emails with Workers Online.
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*  Health: Making Sense of Medicare
Nurses lift the lid on the Medicare myths as they shape up for a major national campaign.
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*  Unions: Bush Bashing
The Finance Sector Union is taking to the road to pressure the government to impose community service obligations on banks.
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*  Politics: The French Connection
While Victorian building unions are seeking a 36 hour week, Eurpoean nations like France are taking a more communcal approach to working time.
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*  Economics: Mutual Obligation
New statistics show that an increasing number of people are volunteering to contribute to the community.
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*  History: Living Library - Part II
More on the rich labour history that is housed within the walls of Sydney's Mitchell Library.
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*  International: Russian Revolution
Russian trade unions are calling for the revision of a draft Labour Code, against the backdrop of Presidential elections.
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*  Review: Casino Royale
Laurie Aaron's new book is sparking a lively debate about how a progressive agenda can be adapted to the challenges of globalisation.
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*  Satire: Chop ‘em Up and Stick ‘em in Acid”
The West Australian Government is poised to pass Pakistani-style sentencing laws.
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News
»  Workers Demand Internet Access to Organise
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»  ILO Condemns Australian Labor Laws
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»  Flying Doctor Grounds Aussie Jobs
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»  Bank-Bulance Hits the Road
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»  April Deadline on Olympics Pay Claim
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»  Pressure Builds on Stellar Contract
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»  Shares Plummets But Rio Bosses Get Millions
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»  Nurses to Launch Medicare Campaign
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»  Action Boosts Wages for Disabled Workers
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»  SA Workers Close Building Industry
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»  Political Economy for Activists
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»  Workers to Set the Tunes for Dili Streets
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»  OBITUARY - George Petersen (1921-2000)
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Columns
»  The Soapbox
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»  Sport
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»  Trades Hall
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»  Tool Shed
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Letters to the editor
»  An Open Letter to Ansett
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»  Moved by Wal's Life Story
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»  The Problem With Mandatory Sentencing
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