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- Update on Oz national union crisis
- IGC News Desk, 18 November 1995. In this national dispute over
union membershp rights the union movement has appointed a former
PM and leader of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Bob
Hawke, as its lead advocate in a dispute over union rights with
a multinational resource company Conzinc Riotinto.
- Industrial strife flares after federal
- By Joanne Painter, IGC LaborNews, 20 August 1996.
Industrial disputes nationwide have soared since the
Howard Government was elected. The strike action will
almost certainly increase because workers in this country
are very serious about retaining their dignity, their
standard of living, their awards and the Industrial
Relations Commission, as a minimum.
- Angry union set to stay out until Shell
- By Joanne Painter, IGC LaborNews, 20 August 1996. The
Australian Workers Union threatened national industrial
action in the oil industry if Shell Australia went ahead
with plans to sue striking employees.
- Melbourne public transport dispute continues
- By Tully Bates, for IGC LaborNews, 16 March 1997. Public transport
voted to strike from March 7 to 9 following breakdown of negotiations
between public transport unions and the government. The Public
Transport Union, Australian Services Union, Electrical Trades Union
and Australian Manufacturing Workers Union have been attempting to
negotiate with the Kennett government since the middle of 1996.
- CEPU Strike
- From Chris Floyd, CEPU, West Australia, 29 October 1997.
The communication Electrical + Plumbing Union West Australia
report to mail sorters who have a dispute with Australia Post.
The dispute comes the Post's new industrial policy which excludes
from negotiation the re-alignment rosters, working in dedicated
teams, the use of casual labor and the proposal to reduce the
number of Mail Sorters.
- Unions gun for labour hire ring-ins
- By Helen Trinca, extract from Sydney Morning
Herald, 22 May 1999. The Australian Services Union is
trying to strike agreements with labour hire firms for members
it doesn't yet have. It is an alternative approach forced on
unions in an age when they are struggling to recruit members from
an increasingly fragmented labour market.
- Sacked workers will lose $4m
- By Natalie Davison, The Age, 29
January 2000. The NSW Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union says
workers who were sacked when National Textiles folded will be
short-changed $4 million of their redundancy entitlements and
may have to wait up to two years for all their money. Culpable
directors not accountable.