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Flying Doctor Grounds Aussie Jobs


Fears are increasing that the Royal Flying Doctor Service is about to send its lucrative aircraft maintenance work to Canada, costing more than 50 Australian jobs.

The Australian Workers Union is calling on the NSW Government to use its influence in funding the organization, to ensure the local jobs aren't sent offshore.

AWU state secretary Russ Collison says the Flying Doctor has put the contract to maintain the turbine engines of its fleet out to tender.

He says the Australian Company, Bankstown-based Pacific Turbine is set to be dumped in favour of Canada's Pratt and Whitney.

Collison says, while the Australia firm is competitive in all aspects of the tender, the Canadian firm is favoured because it also manufactures the spare parts used by the planes.

He says Australia companies should be given a weighting when tendering for work, where they are price competitive - particularly where public money is involved.

The AWU is seeking a meeting with the NSW Government to ensure the work remains in Australia.

"These sort of decisions represent the need for a credible industry policy to promote Australian manufacturing," Collison says.


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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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