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Asbestos week 2

ASBESTOS MEMORIAL DAY 2009 ADELAIDE by Andy Alcock On Asbestos Memorial Day 127 November 2009, two events were held in Adelaide to commemorate those who have died or are suffering from asbestos-related diseases. KILBURN The first event was held at the Jack Watkins Reserve [see note(1)] which is located near the Islington Railway Workships where […]

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Asbestos week 1

Asbestos Awareness Week by Kevin Jones http://safetyatworkblog.wordpress.com/2009/11/28/asbestos-awareness-week-calls-for-action/ During Asbestos Awareness Week 2009 in Melbourne the trade union movement pledged to begin a national strategy to control and remove asbestos from Australia. This would have been a very tall ask any time in the last two decades but Asbestos needs to compete now with Climate Change […]

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287 truck deaths

I attended outside of Parliament yesterday a TWU protest about the 287 truck deaths. The TWU’s campaign is for Safe Rates. The graveyard will travel around Australia over coming months. The 287 crosses are a sad symbol of those killed in truck crashes in the twelve months since the National Transport Commission criticised: LOW RATES […]

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Right to strike curtailed

The right to strike in Australia by Aron Neilson. He is a dual qualified Solicitor in both Australia and England and is a Legal Officer for UNISON in the UK. This appears in ICTUR journal ‘International Union Rights’ Vol 16 Issue 4 2009. Aron Neilson looks at the historical development of the right to strike […]

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Work report

Australia at Work: In a Changing World http://www.wrc.org.au/index.php The findings from the Workplace Research Centre are from The Australia at Work study, which is tracking 8,000 workers over five years and is the largest and most up-to-date study of Australian working life. This third annual report includes data from 2008 and the first half of […]

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Fair Work?

How fair is the Fair Work Act 2009? A socio-political legal analysis By Michael Tubbs The Opposition’s anti-union and anti-employee WorkChoices IR regime cost it Government on 24 November 2007. Thus one would expect the new Rudd Government’s Fair Work Act (The Act) to be the complete opposite – liberating. Unfortunately, inexplicably this is not […]

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Remove junior wages

Young People Demand Equal Pay Young workers in Canberra rallied outside Dickson Woolworths in Canberra this Saturday 21 to demand an end to discriminatory ‘junior employee’ rates. The rally was part of a National Day of Action and kicks off the Youth Wages Suck national campaign. The rally demands the removal of discriminatory pay rates […]

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CFMEU Vic on OHS

CFMEU Construction and General Division Victorian Branch Submission into the draft Model Act for Occupational Health and Safety. by Bill Oliver, Secretary CFMEU C&G Div, Victorian Branch and Tom Watson, Assistant Secretary, CFMEU C&G Div, Victorian Branch. This submission is made in respect to the proposed model Safe Work Act 2009. The CFMEU supports the […]

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VTHC on devils in OHS details 2

VTHC submission continues. Part 4 – Consultation, participation and representation Q21. Is the proposed scope of duty to consult workers appropriate? The proposed duty to consult is based largely on the current Victorian provisions and will mean that the problems we have had due to the wording of our current provision will be replicated. It […]

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