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Summer/Autumn 2001

Community Legal Centres Fight Back For the past three years, Community Legal Centres (CLCs) have been subjected to a review by the Federal Government which recommended that the 19 metropolitan generalist legal centres be amalgamated into four. This review has overloaded workers and reduced service provision in a sector that has had no significant funding… Read more »

Fight for the right to organise online!

Winter/Spring 2000

The Accord era is well and truly over. Bosses now try to crush rather than co-opt as the preferred method to neutralise effective union delegates. The ability to organise during work hours, hold workplace union meetings and even the right of union organisers to enter a workplace is being severely squeezed, thanks to the efforts… Read more »

“My life is mortgaged to the university”

Summer/Autumn 1994

Wendy Harper is a 22-year-old working class student from The Basin, who is studying first year humanities at Latrobe University. “One of the impacts of the education cuts is day students being forced to take classes in the evening, because the University is no longer prepared to fund both a day and evening class. Full-time… Read more »

“When a school closes, it can kill a community”

Summer/Autumn 1994

Susan Garrett is a TAFE student who lives in the small Gippsland town of Meeniyan. Her daughter, Liz, has just completed grade 6 at Meeniyan Primary School. “I’ve lived here for five years. I’ve had four children go through the state school system. I’m a firm believer in consultation and parent involvement. This year, Meeniyan… Read more »

“Get yourself a sponsor and become a BHP Kinder!”

Summer/Autumn 1994

Peter Yates is an unemployed social worker who became “redundant” in 1992 as a result of a job-slashing program. In 1993, he was President of the voluntary parent management committee,which runs the Greensborough Kindergarten and active in the resistance to the Kennett government’s draconian kindergarten cuts. “Previously the management committee was normally the employer, but… Read more »

“Job Satisfaction, It’s A Joke!”

Summer/Autumn 1994

Paula Pope is a sole parent who works as a sessional teacher. She teaches in the Associate Diploma of Community Development at Broadmeadows TAFE. “I get paid $23 per hour, but only for the time I spend in front of the class. I don’t get paid for preparation, or for administrative work or assessment. I… Read more »

“You have to be very assertive to get assistance!”

Summer/Autumn 1994

Nasrin Aidvandi, who was born in Iran, is studying Computing Information Technology at the Monash University, Caulfield Campus. “Although I intend to study full-time this year, I may find that, as a parent of a young child, I’m forced to drop some subjects. Tutorial times are allocated on a first-in basis. The most popular time… Read more »

“My work life became unbearable!”

Summer/Autumn 1994

In 1982 Karen Sellenger began teaching humanities in a technical school. She taught full-time in Melbourne’s northern suburbs until she took a “voluntary” redundancy package (VDP) in April 1993. I spoke to Karen, who is now unemployed, about how voluntary this was. “The school went through a ‘reorganisation.’ After the amalgamation, the new school was… Read more »

Government Guts Equal Opportunity Law

Summer/Autumn 1994

Moira Rayner, Commissioner for Equal Opportunity in Victoria, thought her job was to let oppressed groups know about the Commission and encourage them to make complaints when they face discrimination. She had obviously been doing it well. But it seems the biggest perpetrator of discrimination is the state government. The slash-and-burn policies of the Kennett… Read more »