|Issue No 51||28 April 2000|
Letters to the Editor
SOCOG Makes Another Meal Of It
I have just heard the ABC News item about SOCOG's ban on families taking food and drink into Olympic venues (and have fired off emails to SOCOG and the Department of Fair Trading that promotes a "Fair Go Games").
What do the workers' representatives feel about this restriction? We have already seen two ticketing fiascoes where the ACCC stepped in because of restrictive practices promoted by SOCOG. We know that members of the "Olympic Family" (who don't receive gifts anymore if you believe Juan Antonio Samaranch et al) shall be accommodated, transported and fed free of charge.
I doubt if politicians shall be lining up for overpriced pluto pups and other such nutritious food. Is it too much to ask that my wife and I can take some sandwiches and fruit for ourselves and our two children when we get involved in the Olympic spirit as we have been urged to? Come on Mssrs Knight, Coates, Gosper et al - how about a fair go for the average Australian who is supporting your show.
Interview: Wrestling With Reith
CPSU national secretary Wendy Caird has faced the full force of Peter Reith's attack on the federal public sector. The good news is she's still fighting.
Unions: The Organiser
As the nature of working life changes fundamentally, union organisers like Sally are taking up the challenge and changing too.
Safety: Remembering the Fallen
NSW Industrial Relations Minister Jeff Shaw's keynote address to mark the International Day of Mourning for Deaths in the Workplace.
History: May Day Connections
May Day as a modern working class celebration and commemoration began from the 1886 events in Chicago where workers were demonstrating for an eight hour day. But the day already had special significance for working people before then.
Women: Swelling the Ranks
Jenny Wright wears the honour of being the nation's first pregnant wharfie modestly. But it's not all clear sailing for this trailblazer.
International: Dawn Raid to Arrest Korean Union Leaders
Riot police have broken into the office of the Daewoo Motors Workers Union in Pupyung, near Seoul, and taken union leaders into custody for the "crime" of leading a militant struggle to save the jobs of Korean auto workers.
Satire: Angry Star City Staff Strike it Unlucky
Gamblers panicked when they discovered they were locked out of the Casino when 1800 workers walked out.
Review: The World of Wobbly Window Cleaners
A new book 'Reshaping the Labour Market' shines the spotlight on the impact of labour market deregulation.
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