|Issue No 8||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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