|Issue No 99||15 June 2001|
Public Works Under the Gun
A rash of workplace accidents and anti-union incidents on government building sites in recent weeks has sparked calls for crisis talks with NSW Public Works Minister Maurice Iemma.
Three separate incidents were reported to Labor Council this week - following hot on the heels of revelations that the Department had launched legal action to have it excluded form the state's health and safety laws.
Labor Council secretary Michael Costa says there are growing concerns that "something is fundamentally wrong in the Department".
The incidents reported are:
- five building workers overcome with fumes while working at Blacktown TAFE while attempting to remove asbestos from a building.
- four painters sacked by a Balina contractor working on a DPWS maintenance contract for refusing to become sub-contract workers
- a major asbestos scam at the Lahey Constructions Rankin Park Hospital refurbishment where 80 workers were wrongly told that asbestos had already been removed. Work on this site has now been stopped by the Plumbers Union.
The Labor Council has renewed its call for an urgent meeting with Iemma over the incidents.
Interview: In Defence of the Umpire
Australian Industry Group chief Bob Herbert on why the Industrial Relations Commission is worth fighting for.
Unions: Diary of a Dude
One.Tel worker Warren Manners thought he had a dream job and no need for a union. That was until the money ran out.
Legal: Dot.Com Casualties
The high profile collapse of One.Tel had significant implications for its employees. But what about its contractors?
Industrial: The Shopfloor, United
Chris Christodoulou argues that without an active union membership, workplace democracy is just a pipe dream.
International: A Saharawi Woman's Plea
Sydney unionist Stephanie Brennan travelled to Africa to witness first-hand the struggle for independence in West Sahara.
History: Once Were Tuckpointers
Trawling through the files, Paul Howes stumbles upon some unions that represented workers long departed.
Politics: Out Of The Comfort Zone
In his new book, Brett Evans argues that while Labor is honing its reform agenda, it is still struggling to reform itself.
Satire: World Domination
The US has threatened not to pay the UN the money it doesn’t pay anyway.
Review: Wiped Out
Bread and Roses is a new movie about the struggle of invisible office cleaners to gain dignity and respect at work. Pity you won’t see it here.
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