|Issue No 49||07 April 2000|
Olympics Tickets: One Size Doesn't Fit All
Unions have greeted revelations that tickets for the Sydney Olympics produced by a US company are too big for venue turnstyles with four weary words: "we told you so".
Printing workers union state secretary Basil King told Labor Council last night how the ticketing debacle was another example of how cost-cutting by Games organizer had not only cost Australian jobs, but had undermined quality.
King says Australian firms who bid for the contract were forced to sign confidentiality agreements that they wouldn't comment on the tender.
But when the contract went to a US firm associated with the Atlanta Games, the local industry was fuming. Now that the tickets have proven to be useless, King says this anger has been vindicated.
"One thing is for sure - Australian workers would have delivered tickets that were the right size," King says.
Talks on Building Shutdown
Meanwhile, talks have commenced between building workers and the Olympics Minister over fears that thousands of building workers will be laid off during the Games period.
Members of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union this week threatened to general strike action if jobs were forced to stop during the Games because of restrictions on deliveries of materials to CBD sites.
But after the talks, union representatives were hopeful that wouldn't be necessary.
"The government admitted communication was poor and recongised the contribution the building workers have made to the Games," a CFMEU spokesman says.
"They undertook to get back to the union within a week with a plan on how to keep the industry viable during the Games."
Interview: Rebuilding from the Rubble
Ramona Mitussis, APHEDA's co-ordinator in East Timor reports on how Australian workers are contributing to rebuilding a nation.
East Timor: UN Poseurs Delay Reconstruction
Returning to the Dili compound where he spent five days under siege, HT Lee finds an aid bureacracy out of control.
Unions: The Last Bank in Minto
"It's a busy branch", Carol Davison insists, watching the crowd gather around the Commonwealth Bank branch at Minto Mall. By the time you read this, the branch will be another empty shopfront, stripped of its fittings, with junk mail starting to accumulate under the front door.
International: Workers of the World Unite
ILO Director-General Juan Somavia's keynote address to the ICFTU Congress in Durban, South Africa this week.
Olympics: Strange Tenants
Rentwatchers lifts the lid on the legacy the 2000 Games will leave on Sydney's tenants.
Politics: The Loneliness Crisis
Lindsay Tanner looks at the politics of the soul that form the backdrop of many of our social ills.
History: Songs of Solidarity
Visiting US labour acadmeic John Lund has found a new way to digest history - he commits workers' struggles to song.
Satire: Seven Launches 'Popstars' Spin-off
On the heels of Popstars comes a new show taking five minor celebrities and turning them into normal people
Review: Keating's Engagement
Whether it's analysis or self-justification, Paul Keating's new book is an engaging read.
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