|Issue No 51||28 April 2000|
Stopped Clock Starts Ticking at Sydney Water
By Noel Hester
Not since the Khmer Rouge turned the clock back to Year Zero has an organisation been so arbitrary about time.
But talks made a breakthrough of sorts this week when Sydney Water HR Head Honcho, Sandra McDiarmid (ex- News Corp) conceded that 'there was a missing year.'
ASU members have been campaigning for pay increases of 4% per year in line with the rest of the public service - 12% for a two year agreement to cover for the lost year. Sydney Water have been offering 7%. This week they upped the offer to 8% after being reminded in a 24-hour stoppage two weeks ago that unilateral decisions from authoritarian management breed resistance.
Sydney Water have been stalling these talks for over 18 months. In that time productivity and workloads have increased dramatically following significant redundancies.
Sydney Water employees vowed at their last stop work meeting to take further actions including bans on overtime, rigorously follow safety procedures and continue stoppages if they don't get the 4% per annum they are entitled to like everyone else.
There may be a time warp on the penthouse floors of Sydney Water's Corporate Head Office but in the workplace the clock goes tick, tick, tick.
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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
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Review: The World of Wobbly Window Cleaners
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