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  Issue No 8 Official Organ of LaborNet 09 April 1999  





A Firey Call: Give Currawong Back To The Unions

Room nights at Currawong should be made available to unions rather than individual holiday-makers, regardless of the outcome of the TM deal, a key affiliate said last night.

Fire Brigade Employees Union state secretary Chris Read has called on Labor Council to establish a committee to better allocate rooms at Currawong to maximise benefits to the unions.

He wants affiliates to be given a number of room nights which they could use as recruitment incentives, rewards for officials or delegates or as cheap holidays for their members.

Mr Read told the meeting that the present system of allocation offered no practical benefits to unions such as the FBEU.

"To illustrate the point, several of our members have apparently utilised the Currawong facility, although they didn't do it by virtue of their FBEU membership," he said.

"It follows that there is no real or imagined connection between Currawong and their Union, and as a consequence, the opportunity to capitalise on Currawong as a facility open to workers through their membership of an affiliate union has been completely lost."

The meeting resolved to convene a committee to consider how room nights could be allocated "to use Currawong as an organising tool or for other appropriate activities that benefits trade union members".

The committee's recommendations would be considered along with the deferred Currawong vote in four weeks time.


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In this issue
*  Interview: John Coombs - The Mouse Who Roared
We talk to the man who stood firm in the face of the federal government’s all out assault on the waterfront 12 months ago.
*  Unions: The Waterfront One Year On
One year after what was arguably the biggest Australian industrial dispute in living memory and the Maritime Union of Australia is STILL Here to Stay.
*  History: Walsh Bay Wharves : Space and Place
For historians looking at a historic structure or site like the Walsh Bay wharves, there is a big difference between 'space' and 'place'.
*  International: Compo Search for UK Coal Miners
An international search is on for former coal miners who worked mines in England and Wales from 1954 and have since suffered from chest disease.
*  Review: War on the Wharves
Some of the most honest reporting of the waterfront dispute came from the pens of the nation's cartoonists.

»  Angry Geeks Down Mouses in Industry First
»  Patrick dispute commemorated
»  Costa Pushes Social Audit Plan
»  Currawong: Majority Support But Veto Rule the Hurdle
»  A Firey Call: Give Currawong Back To The Unions
»  ACTU Braces for Reith’s Second Wave
»  Gordonstone Miners Come to Town
»  Women Take the Fight to Rio’s Front Door
»  Sydney Solictor Appointed ICTUR Secretary

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»  Sport
»  Trades Hall
»  Piers Watch

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