What is The Union Show?

7 12 2010

The Union Show broadcast on community TV C31 in Melbourne Australia from 2005 to 2009 and is a rich source of information on unions and issues affecting unions in this country. Whilst the program is no longer produced for television, the producers, United Productions maintain both a Union Show blog and the UnitedPro2010 YouTube channel as a means of disseminating union information that would otherwise be lost in time and in the morass of anti-union misinformation that is distributed by mainstream media.

An extensive archive of Union Show episodes is available for viewing at http://theunionshow.blip.tv. Current union information can be sourced at www.theunionshow.com.au and at the UnitedPro2010 YouTube channel. There are many other web sources for union information that deal mainly in the written word. One of those sites and perhaps the venerable example is www.labourstart.org.au where you will find links to many other like-minded information outlets.


New Victorian UFU website Goes Live

26 08 2010

The New UFU web site has finally come on line after many months of meetings with UFU of A, Internet developer Atwone and all other UFU branches.

We are now  part of a national web site system that gives all states a similar look and feel but we still maintain autonomy within our own site.

The new web site gives the UFU the ability to keep members better informed via bulk email systems which means any UFU member that wants union emails sent to their home, can have this done by subscribing to the web site in the subscriptions box on the left lower side of the front page

BCOM Members will have access to a forum where messages can be left for each other.

We envisage we will also have a forum set up for delegates in the near future.

The new Retired firefighters section is available  for retirees to post pictures and stories of the past, present or recent events.

New and improved sections are the OH&S Section. There is a large amount of health and safety information in this section which has been put together by Phil Taylor (MFB) and Andrew Marmion (CFA).

There is also a National stories section where the UFU of A have the ability to input stories from around Australia so they can be shared by everyone.

All members and services covered by the Victorian UFU will be better represented on the union’s web site with the ability for members to send in pictures, stories or any local or service specific information that they may want posted. Such items will be posted into the UFU COVERED SERVICES section under the appropriate service.


Workchoices never again – but who does stand for Fair Work?

13 08 2010

The VTHC has passed a motion to support both Greens and ALP candidates in the seat of Melbourne. The motion followed a previous motion by the Council Executive to support ALP in marginal seats. However the seat of Melbourne Greens candidate Adam Bandt is supported by several affiliate unions in preference to ALP candidate Cath Bowtell.

Both candidates spoke to the chamber at the Council meeting last Thursday as exponents of workers rights. Both candidates have a history of union employment and advocacy. They do however stand opposed to each other on Fairwork Australia.

Ms Bowtell was employed at the ACTU for 15 years and was the lead ACTU negotiator in the development of the Fair Work Act introduced by Julia Gillard. She replaces Lindsay Tanner and was the clear frontrunner to replace Mr Tanner in the marginal seat, with the support of key state and federal ministers. Mr Bandt is an industrial and public interest lawyer. He was previously a partner at Slater and Gordon and has more recently worked on legals for both the UFU and the ETU where he has been an architect of the successful CEPU representation to the ILO on the contravention of ILO conventions on workers’ rights by Fairwork Australia.

The VTHC unequivocally supports changes in Fairwork Australia and it is largely acknowledged that the Gillard Fair Work Act 2009 saw only the partial return of rights lost under Howard’s Work Choices legislation; with the retention of the ABCC, the continued outlawing of “pattern bargaining”, and considerable restrictions on union right of entry in the workplace.. Most unions have spent the last year or so adapting to the Fair Work Act, the so called Award Modernisation process and OHS ‘harmonisation’. All very time consuming and often frustrating.

The ACTU leadership has made a few brief statements about the need for a second term IR agenda in the lead up to the federal election.
At the recent ACTU Executive a comprehensive pre–federal election resolution was passed. It included strengthening workers’ rights and extending collective bargaining: “The Executive recognises there is more work to do to secure and improve the rights of working Australians.”

New Federal IR Minister Simon Crean told a recent ACTU Executive (20/7/2010) that he believed the Federal Government had ‘got the balance right’ on IR and that the Fair Work Act was not up for more changes. Victorian unions are united for change to the Fairwork legislation. Both Melbourne candidates cite support for the union position on workers rights.

More Firefighters Not Less

21 07 2010

UFU Save 7.7 Campaign Rally

10 06 2010

What if the Firies didn’t get there? What if they got there too late? Against the recommendations of an independent report, the Victorian State government wants to cut the number firefighters. They want to cut the number of fire stations. Tell the Brumby Government to ACT NOW to provide peace of mind for your property and to protect your family’s lives. You pay the insurance. Demand more Fire Fighters NOT less!