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  Issue No 64 Official Organ of LaborNet 28 July 2000  




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Doing It For The Love Of It

By Andrew Casey

The child care industry has had an explosive growth in the last decade but too few people want to recognise the impact of this growth and the changes in values it has created.

" Child care workers need to work together to build and maintain the profile, standards and values of an industry which is now nearly a century old," Sonia Minutillo, the Executive Vice-President of the Child Care Union said.

" This industry has a proud tradition of service to the community - a tradition which has been nurtured by the thousands of people who work in the industry.

" Unfortunately too few people recognise and value these traditions and standards," Sonia Minutillo said.

A Conference for NSW Child Care Workers, on Saturday August 26, is expected to attract more than 100 participants concerned about the working life of child care workers and the issues that affect them daily.

" This conference - organised by the Child Care Union - will take important steps towards establishing a positive profile for child care workers and their proud traditions," Sonia Minutillo said.

" There are between 15-20,000 child care workers in NSW. In the 1990s there was an almost four-fold increase in this industry, an explosive growth."

The conference theme - 'For the Love of It' - will look at the profile of child care workers, the regulations that impact on child care workers, the stress of child care and the rights and responsibilities of child care workers.

" Guest speakers will be from the Office of Child Care and a variety of industry specialists, as well as child care workers from across the industry," Ms Minutillo said.

The one day conference will be on Saturday August 26 in the LHMU Auditorium, Terrace Level, 187 Thomas St, Haymarket, Sydney.

The conference is open to union members and non members.

Conference Registration costs are $ 10 for union members and students; $ 15 for all other interested participants.

The conference is sponsored by HESTA - the Child Care Superannuation Fund.

For more information about the conference, and registration forms, please ring Rondell Millane or Jim Lloyd on 9281 9577


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In this issue
*  Interview: Greg Sword Unsheathed
The NUW national secretary is set to be endorsed as ALP Federal president next week. He talks about the relationship between the two wings of the labour movement.
*  Unions: Phone Rage, Headaches and Stress
A comprehensive survey of the call centre industry conducted by the ASU has revealed an industry workplace culture dominated by excessive monitoring and stress.
*  Economics: And the Winner Is .... Sydney?
Austrade chief economist Tim Harcourt looks at the export impact of the Sydney Olympics and asks if we'll win gold.
*  International: Western Sahara: Referendum Or War?
A June UN referendum in Western Sahara could have provided the people of Western Sahara a chance to exercise their right to self-determination and independence. It didn't.
*  History: The Union's Roots in Song
We look at some of the songs that kept working people going through their darkest hours.
*  Media: Unchaining the ABC
The ALP needs to rethink our public institutions to determine how they might better deliver the ends for which they were originally established.
*  Environment: Motorways Fail the Pollie Test
Our daily grind of congested roads, polluted air, and frustrated motorists is putting all and sundry to the test, and not least Liberal and Labor politicians.
*  Satire: Murdoch Launches Bid for Under-9s Netball Team
Sydney's lucrative junior league netball broadcasting market has been shaken by a bid by one of the world's most predatory entrepreneurs, Rupert Murdoch, to secure ownership of the most successful team in the league.
*  Review: Espionage a Trois
The Whitlams' brass section his teamed with some of the hippest cats in Sydney to make the sort of music you'll want to shoot baddies to.

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