|Issue No 60||30 June 2000|
ATSIC Chief Calls for Workplace Quotas
The Federal Government should pass legislation making it compulsory for all employers with more than 250 workers to have at least two per cent Aboriginal staff, ATSIC chair Geoff Clark says.
Addressing this week's ACTU Congress, Clark says the time has come for affirmative action legislation to provide Aboriginal people with job opportunities.
Clark says while employment across the community is 93 per cent, 51 per cent of the Aboriginal workforce were unemployed.
And he says most of these jobs are in the government and community sector, rathert han the private sector.
"I can already hear voices saying that this is discrimination," Clark says. "It is not".
"The 'race discrimination' convention clearly required that the effects of racial discrimination be overcome, and acknowledges that 'special measures' to overcome disparities is not racialn discrimination.
"This is substantive equality where difference and disadvantages are taken into account to achieve equal outcomes."
Interview: Turning Tides
ACTU President Sharan Burrow reflects on the disappearance of the middle class and what the union movement can do about it
Unions: Fear and Loathing in Wollongong
For four days this week, too much unionism was barely enough. We bring you the highs and lows from behind the scenes and inside the bars of this week’s ACTU Congress.
Politics: The Group Hug
Opposition leader Kim Beazley came, saw and conga-ed. Here's what he said to the ACTU Congress.
History: Unions and Family Trees
Trade union records may not be the first port of call for a beginning family historian, but down the track a little, these records could bring to life an ancestor who previously was just a name printed on the page.
International: Fiji Bans Lifted
Fiji employers are expected to start reinstating all their workers over the next week, now that Australian union bans have been lifted at the request of the local union leadership.
Review: Room to Manoeuvre
Full employment with a highly skilled well-paid workforce is a realistic goal for Australia, despite the supposed constraints of globalisation.
Satire: Satan Subpoenaed To Cricket Inquiry
The King Commission of Inquiry into cricket match-fixing yesterday heard evidence from Satan that he never influenced Hansie Cronje to accept bribes.
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