|Issue No 62||14 July 2000|
Cameron Calls for 'Social Audit'
The head of the Manufacturing Workers Union has called on an incoming Labor Government to undertake a 'Social Audit' into the impact of free trade policies.
AMWU national secretary Doug Cameron, who is running a 'fair trade not free trade' agenda in the lead-up to ALP National Conference, has made the call in an interview with Workers Online.
Cameron says a Social Audit should be the mechanism to kick-start debate on the trade issue and provide a catalyst for a broader debate on issues like a Tobin Tax and social tariffs for countries who fail to meet minimum global labour standards.
He says the evaluation of trade should be determined - by both employment growth and improved social protections: the implementation of core labour standards; sustainable environmental standards; the elimination of forced labour and child labour and the adherence to human rights and democratic values.
Day of Action for Aussie Jobs
The AMWU is organizing a rally on July 26 outside Premier Bob Carr's Sydney office in supporting of Australian manufacturing jobs.
Under the banner "Make It Here or Jobs Disappear", the AMWU is calling on the State Government to adopt the following principals:
- the implementation of a fully transparent Major Projects Policy which imposes strict requirements on project developers to utilize Australian made material.
- the introduction of State Government legislation requiring State Owned Corporations to comply with the NSW Government Procurement Policy in relation ton preference for Australian made goods and services.
- the appointment of a Local Content Advocate, reporting directly to the premier, with responsibility for monitoring all projects and enforcing compliance with this policy.
- the commitment of the State Labor government and any future Labor Government to support inclusion of core labour standards in the charter of the World Trade organization.
- the commitment of the State Labor Government and any future Federal labour government to support fair trade rather than free trade through an increase in tariffs in the manufacturing sector to 10 per cent which is the internationally generally accepted level.
- immediate action by both the State Labor Government and any future Federal Labor Government to redress the decline of apprenticeships and traineeships in NSW.
The rally will take place at noon.
Interview: Fair Trader
AMWU boss Doug Cameron is gearing for a showdown with the ALP over their free trade agenda. But what's he really on about?
Politics: Free Trader
Trade Minister Peter Cook states his case for coninuting trade liberalisation and why the 'fair trade' agenda is against the interests of Australian workers.
History: Organising - Fifties Style
What do the new wave of organisers do? Pretty much the same hard slog that Audrey Petrie did in the 1950s around Sydney for the Hotel, Club and Restaurant Union (HCRU).
Unions: The Whistleblower
A lone Chinese seafarer is fighting to stop a Panamanian flagged vessel from dumping toxic waste into Australian waters
International: Jakarta Breakthrough
Indonesian workers have just won a new historic bill of rights which gaurantees them legal protections when they form unions.
Solidarity: Rio Versus the Rest of the World
Union members around the world have taken part in a week of international action against the mining giant Rio Tinto. Andrew Casey looks at all the hot spots.
Satire: Amnesty Branch Targets Lazy Letter Writer
Police are investigating claims that the Glebe branch of Amnesty International has captured and tortured a member whose tardiness in letter writing had become renowned.
Review: Little by Little
Clinton Walker's groundbreaking book, CD and video charts the careers of indigenous artists like the legendary Jimmy Little.
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