|Issue No 52||05 May 2000|
Women Part-Timers Fight ANZ
In the biggest sex discrimination case in Australian history, the FSU are taking ANZ to the human rights commission over a plan to reduce the working hours of female part-time workers.
The FSU claims the cost-cutting plan discriminates against women, who make up "90 per cent of ANZ's 6000 part-time staff across Australia" FSU Industrial Officer, Emma King says.
FSU's pacesetting action is new to the union movement, transcending the traditional routine of only complaining to HREOC if it is behalf of individuals who had been discriminated against.
King says the ANZ is in breach of various provisions of the award and enterprise agreement and that the "union has deliberately pursued the new tactic because of the systematic indirect discrimination against women apparent in ANZ's moves to change work arrangements".
The FSU believes the cuts were unnecessary given the bank is expected to deliver another record profit of $1.7 billion this year.
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Unions: Laying It On the Line
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International: Alive and Kicking
Those representing right wing political forces and strategists for multi-national corporations would be disappointed by the success of the recently concluded Congress of the WFTU in Delhi.
Economics: Fair Trade not Free Trade
The successful MAI and Seattle campaigns have sparked a new debate about the role of the World Trade Organization.
History: The Manchester Movement
Manchester, in Asa Briggs memorable phrase, was the shock city of the early nineteenth century, a small and obscure market town that in a matter of a few years had become a huge city.
Satire: Passing the Buck
Government report tells bosses how to lie and pass the buck: Reith blames Kemp
Review: A Book to Set the Left Right
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