|Issue No 92||20 April 2001|
The Locker Room
And The'yre Racing!
By Chris Christodoulou
It could only happen in The Gong. The South Coast Labor Couincil turned their Easter Monday race meet into a workers compo protest.
When the South Coast Labor Council organised to sponsor their first inaugural Race Day at Kembla Grange some three months ago no one had any idea that the major theme of the Race Day would be focussed on our campaign to stop the State Government's proposed Workers Compensation changes.
It was an historic Easter Monday for punters and unionists alike. Gone were your typical corporate sponsors advertising around the ground, hob-knobbing it with the horse owners and sashing the winning horses. In came the political adds albeit focussed on John Della Bosca and his Workers' Compensation changes, unions promoting their services, and, of course own own share of hob-knobbing it with horse owners and sashing the winning horses.
Over 600 were at the track a good share of these union members who were given free entry. The line-up of races made for good reading and good causes although my success in punting took a severe nose dive when I ventured away from my comfort zone at $1 each way to bet $5 each way on a horse called Souvlaki who ran second last. I did have some success in the betting ring when in the LHMU Injured Workers Handicap I couldn't go past backing the outsider "Advisory Council" for a place. It came in third and paid a handsome dividend. Maybe John Della Bosca should back his own Workers' Compensation Advisory Council on changes to Workers' Compensation rather than some of his minders.
All in all it was a great day and certainly not one lost on the government of the day. Call me paranoid, conspiratorial or just imaginative but how is that on the first inaugural South Coast Labor Council Race Day dedicated to stop Della's Workers' Compensation changes WorkCover decide to do an unannounced site inspection of the track that morning. Don't forget it was a public holiday too! Give us a break Della.
Anyway here's to a great race day. See you all next year.
SOUTH COAST LABOR COUNCIL RACE DAY
Race 1 C+BUS Handicap
Race 2 Super Home Loans Handicap
Race 3 Mike Dwyer Memorial Handicap
Race 4 LHMU Injured Workers Handicap
Race 5 TWU Handicap
Race 6 Save Workers' Comp. Handicap
Race 7 STA Super Handicap
Race 8 2KM "The Workers Voice" Handicap
Race 9 The Della Bosca Plate
Interview: Beyond the Accord
Simon Crean cut his teeth in the trade union movement, now he's gearing up to run the economy.
Politics: In Defence of Della’s List
The proposition that trade unions should ask members of the ALP for a commitment that they uphold Party policy should hardly be controversial.
Corporate: The Real Rorters
The unspoken sore of the WorkCover Scheme is non-compliance by employers. None more so that in the construction industry, as this CFMEU paper details.
Legal: In the Real World
Lawyer Ross Goodridge exposes the defficincies in the new medical assessment guidelines for workers compensation by looking at real case studies.
International: The Docklands and Global Labour
Ma Wei Pin and Jasper Goss recount how the struggle of a group of Indonesian hotel workers effected a lucrative Melbourne contract.
History: Sweatshops in America
Since the dawning of the Industrial Revolution, many generations of Americans have toiled in sweatshops.
Unions: Losers Never Start
At the end of her six week vigil, Grenadier delegate Michelle Booth gave her heartfelt thanks to the trade union movement.
Review: Working Classes: Global Realities
The Socialist Register 2001 looks at class realities and the lives of workers in the new century.
Satire: Democrats Change Leader
The Democrats have a new leader after belatedly discovering that Meg Lees had become the second Democrats leader in a row to defect to another party.
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