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April Deadline on Olympics Pay Claim


Transport workers have given the NSW Government an April 30 deadline to deliver a $300 per week bonus during the Olympic Games or face a round of industrial action.

The resolution was passed by the Rail, Tram and Bus Union's Branch council and has now become official union policy.

RTBU divisional president Pat Ryan says the claim recognises that transport workers will bear the brunt of Olympics' pressure - with workers facing 20 hours of peak conditions every day.

"Branch Council believes that an appropriate claim for RTBU members should be $300 per week paid as a bonus over and above the agreed pay rate," Ryan says.

"Such an allowance may be linked to an attendance formula. In addition, those members who are entitled to the above payment should be granted one week's additional leave, which may be cleared over a three year period."

Talks Commence on Broader Claim

Meanwhile, the Labor Council has commenced talks with the NSW Premiers Department in support of a broader claim for all public sector workers whose duties are altered because of the Olympics.

Labor Council secretary Michael Costa says emergency workers and health workers will also face changed conditions, longer hours and greater stress - while all workers will be disrupted by the event.

Costa says while the Premier remains "sceptical" the talks are a positive sign.


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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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