|Issue No 78||17 November 2000|
Letters to the Editor
Explaining to to the Gott - Slowly
This is a letter sent to Robert Gottliebsen, Finance Editor for The Australian concerning his article sticking up for the business line on contractors in the workforce. Here follows my response from life experience. Robert, I think has his head in a place where the sun may shine??
Dear Mr Gotliebsen,
I am very happy to read how upset you are with the ALP/union arrangements concerning principal contractor and subbies.
It is a process that is long overdue by so called Labor governments and unions.
In building and construction, security, call centres, telecommunications and factory work etc etc a lot of phony hourly rates, long and odd hours, unpaid super and even in some industries eg building/construction a lot of sub contractors have not had their superannuation paid for by unscrupulous or principal contractors feigning ignorance of the Super laws in place since the mid 1980's in the building game and by statute since 1992.
Australia needs stronger unions to punish your business friends. They deserve it, all those involved in ripping off people in my local area I know who have suffered at the hands of principal contractors in all of the industries above mentioned.
So don't give your finish lets side with business line on the issue.
Go and meet some real workers some day and support an under dog for once instead of the managerial 'over dog', matey.
Interview: Doubly Blessed
With that unforgettable name, Grace Grace is making her mark as the first female secretary of the Queensland trade union movement.
Unions: On The Line
Trade unions this week entered a landmark partnership with the call centre industry to improve the quality jobs in this growing sector.
History: Conspiracy or Class? The Whitlam Sacking
Never trust a man who wears a top hat and tails in Australia, in Summer. Neale Towart considers this and other evidence of conspiracy in the great shonky dismissal.
Legal: Return Of The Lock-out
Marian Baird reports on the increasing tendency of aggressive employers to use lock-outs to reduce wages and conditions and promote individual agreements.
Activists: Waterfront Hero Bows Out
John Coombs, the man the government compared to Ned Kelly - villain to the bosses, the big land owners and conservatives, folk hero to working Australians - bows out of the union movement next month.
International: Morocco Stonewalls In Western Sahara
Morocco has new king but its old game plan of defying world opinion over its occupation of the Western Sahara continues.
Review: The Identity-Shifting Pragmatist
If New Zealand should have an Australian as its first Labour Prime Minister, then it is only fitting that Australia should have as its first a man who spent much of his formative years across the ditch.
Satire: Hackers Infect Microsoft Computers With Mysterious Windows Virus
SEATTLE, Thursday: Shame-faced workers at Microsoft admitted today that hackers had succeeded in penetrating their network's defences and had installed a sophisticated virus on the Apple Macintosh machines used across the software giant's operations.
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