The Gippsland Bush Telegraph Monday 2 August 2010 GIPPSLAND TRADES AND LABOUR COUNCIL & RMIT'S RESPONSE TO GOVERNMENT WHITE PAPER "The Government's Climate Change White Paper on *Coordinate and build the future is welcomed by the Gippsland Trades and labour cohesion in regional Labour Council," said GTLC Secretary, John Parker. economic development efforts. "We will be able to start a real discussion about *Secure a voice for organ- Gippsland's Transition. We call on the power compa- ised labour in economic devel- nies to start the discussion into a long term strategy opment in the region. for a smooth transition rather than the usual spin that *Mobilise organised labour tells workers that all is fine right up the to the day they to seize and expand opportuni- get their redundancy notice. We saw the spin with the ties for partnership with recent sackings of maintenance workers at United regional job creation efforts, Professor Peter Fairbrother, RMIT Foods in Morwell and when the Kennett Government building on mutual interests. University privatised the SECV without regard to the Gippsland We must lead and initiate: community. *Commissioned research to investigate industry We congratulate the State Government on its ownership, employment trends, training needs and courage to take the lead on climate change transition workforce quality that will inform policymaking. and we call on both Federal Government and the *Ways of securing investments that help create Federal and State Opposition to get on board and to quality jobs. join the State Government in a bipartisan approach to *Work with local government to secure a transition assist Gippsland in its drive to become a hub for the to a carbon-constrained economy development of Sustainable Jobs," Mr Parker contin- *Work in partnership with employers, farmers, ued. community organisations and local governments on "The Gippsland Trades and Labour Council (GTLC) mutual economic development goals. will work in partnership with RMIT University to build *A business-union practitioners' network to assist a better future. Together we will develop a transition in attracting companies to the region (e.g. participat- program, which will lay the grounds for a low carbon ing in business re-location inquiries, public regional economy. marketing initiatives). "This is the first step towards a sustainable future *The promotion of the region to potential employ- for Gippsland," Professor Peter Fairbrother from RMIT ers. said. *Advice for at-risk companies on how to save their We believe that we need to link workers, business- business and become more energy efficient. es and community groups in the transition to a clean- *Support and promotion for the development of er economy'. Our objectives are now to: social enterprises, such as the Eureka Factory. *Create a strong and diversified Gippsland economy *For the establishment of a community and/or ME with high quality jobs. Bank Branch and other community minded financial *Secure a 'just transition' for workers and the institutions in the region." region in a carbon-constrained economy. Some people will initially see these changes as diffi- *Provide input into local economic development cult but with the White Paper we now have a signifi- policies/issues. cant opportunity to develop a sustainable future for *Strengthen a highly skilled workforce as a compet- the region and we will be working towards that end," itive advantage. Mr Parker concluded. SUPPORTING WORKERS AND THEIR COMMUNITIES Support for Ark Tribe Grows Wonthaggi Rally On July 22, the trial of construction worker Ark Tribe was adjourned until September 13. Tribe is facing up to six months' jail for failing to attend an interrogation by the construction industry police - the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC). Thousands of workers rallied around Australia to support him including workers from the De Sal Plant in Wonthaggi. DE SAL WORKERS GIVE TO LOCAL CHILDREN Workers at the desalination plant are making a "The last job I came from we did something huge difference to the lives of the families of two similar and it was just fantastic," Fergus said. local children who are battling cancer. "The whole thing just fell into place." Schools, community groups and organisations A five year old leukaemia sufferer from Venus in need are also benefitting from the generosity of Bay was the first to receive the good will of the the CFMEU Community Support Group. desal workers in the lead up to Christmas. This Support has come from the workers who Workers passed around a hat around the work- have not sought publicity or recognition. site and quickly raised close to $2,000 for the The CFMEU Group is just one of the groups child and his family. financially contributing to benefit the community, "We bought a lot of toys for the family, and took but this group particularly targets the young and them for a tour of the worksite. It was just a magic the elderly. day." Fergus said. Dieter Berber is president of the Community As well as the original contribution the family Support Group and said a group of eight repre- still receives financial assistance for regular trips sentatives meet weekly to discuss where the to Melbourne for treatment. raised funds will be distributed to best benefit the A similar story of the goodwill has helped a 20 community. month old boy who is a nephew of one of the "While we are working here, we really want to workers on the site. be part of the community," one member of the The boy is tackling a rare form of cancer which group said. threatens his eyesight, and is due for an opera- "If we are not being accepted by the communi- tion. ty, this may help." While the boy still has vision, the Community Fergus O'Hea has played a large role in getting Support Group will send the family on a much the fund up and running since construction start- deserved holiday. ed last year. Working Safely With Asbestos South Gippsland Shire Council is pleased to Asbestos became increasingly popular among support an OH & S Forum "Working with manufacturers and builders in the late 19th cen- asbestos" at the Leongatha Dakers Centre on tury because of its sound absorption, average Wednesday 11 August from 1pm to 5pm. tensile strength, and its resistance to heat, elec- Sustainability Director Andrew McEwen urges trical and chemical damage. all building tradespeople and home renovators to When asbestos is used for its resistance to fire take advantage of this free seminar to protect or heat, the fibres are often mixed with cement or themselves and others from the deadly effects of woven into fabric or mats. asbestos Asbestos was used in some products for its Presentations will be made by the Gippsland heat resistance, and in the past was used on Asbestos related Diseases Support (GARDS) electric oven and hotplate wiring for its electrical group, Slater and Gordon Lawyers and the insulation at elevated temperature, and in build- Gippsland Trades and Labour Council (GLTC). ings for its flame-retardant and insulating proper- WorkSafe Victoria will also be in attendance. ties, tensile strength, flexibility, and resistance to Bookings are required and places are limited. chemicals. To register, please phone GLTC on 5133 7684 or The inhalation of asbestos fiberes can cause email to email@example.com serious illnesses, including malignant lung can- "While the dangers of asbestos are widely cer, mesothelioma (a formerly rare cancer strong- known, many people are still being exposed to ly associated with exposure to asbestos and fibre this toxic material on building and construction glass), and asbestosis (a type of pneumoconio- sites, in the workplace and while undertaking sis) home renovations" said Mr McEwen. OH&S Forum WORKING WITH ASBESTOS ON BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION SITES IN THE WORKPLACE HOME RENOVATIONS Wednesday 11 August 2010 1pm - 5pm Daker Centre Cnr Smith & Watt Street LEONGATHA ai Presentations from Gippsland Trades & Labour Council Inc Gippsland Asbestos Related Diseases Support (GARDS) Slater & Gordon Laywers WorkSafe Victoria will be in attendance Bookings and Enquiries Tel GTLC on 03 5133 7684 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Book Early: Places Limited. SUPPORTING WORKERS AND COMMUNITIES THE GEMAD CHARTER (Gippsland Employers making a difference) At the Gippsland Trades and Labour Council’s June meeting, the following Charter for People with a Disability in the Workplace was endorsed. We would like to encourage employers to voluntary participate and to sign the charter. Equal Opportunity Policies and Procedures Employment of people with disability will form an integral part of all equal opportunities policies and practices. A company-wide policy will be developed by Management and communicated to the rest of the organisation. Staff Training and Disability Awareness Specific steps will be taken to raise awareness of disability throughout the organisation. The Working Environment All reasonable steps will be taken to ensure that the working environment does not prevent people with disability from taking up positions for which they are suitable qualify. Recruitment Commitment Recruitment procedures will be reviewed and developed to encourage applications from the employment of people with disability. Career Development Specific steps will be taken to ensure that employees with disability have the same opportunity as others to develop their career and reach their full potential within organisation. Training and Work Experience People with disability will be involved in work experience, training and education. The Wider Community The organisation recognises and responds to people with disability as clients, suppliers and mem- bers of the community at large. Involvement of People with Disability Involvement from all employees will be encouraged in the implementation of this Charter to ensure that whenever possible employment practices recognise and meet their needs. Influencing other Organisations Major suppliers, contractors and franchisees will be encouraged to adopt this Charter. Monitoring Performance Management will monitor and review the organisation's progress and performance in implementing the principles above. Adopted from the UK Employers Forum on Disability, published ILO documents and the Australian Network on Disability Employment Charter for People with Disability We the undersigned agree to apply the principles as detailed above in the GEMAD Employment Charter for People with a Disability from the Gippsland Community. Organisation:................................................................................................................... Telephone:..................................................................................................................... Signed:..................................................................................Date:................................... 2010 Diary 10 August GTLC General Meeting 5.30pm at the GTLC office. 11 August Asbestos Forum, Leongatha 27 August John Cummins Memorial Dinner 14 September GTLC General Meeting & AGM 5.30pm at the GTLC office. 12 October GTLC General Meeting 9 November GTLC General Meeting 5.30pm at the GTLC office. 14 December Christmas Break Up COMMUNITY LINK Getting the message out G.A.R.D.S. GIPPSLAND ASBESTOS RELATED DISEASES SUPPORT INC. Provides support & information to asbestos sufferers, their families & carers. 41 Monash Road, Newborough, Vic. 3825 Phone: 5127 7744 Fax: 5126 0354 Mobile: 0407 274 173 Email: email@example.com Web. :www.gards.org Call in for a chat and a cuppa Learn to find funding IF YOU WOULD LIKE ASSISTANCE IN GETTING YOUR MESSAGE OUT, Free roadshows offering 'how-to' information JUST GIVE US YOUR DETAILS AND WE WILL ENDEAVOUR TO HELP on applying for grants will be held at: - Golden Beach Hall Published by: August 3, 7-9pm Gippsland Trades & Labour Council Inc - Rosedale Multipurpose Centre Tel: 03 5133 7684 September 7, 7-9pm Fax: 03 5133 3313 - Heyfield Resource Centre PO Box 240, Morwell October 5, 7-9pm Email: firstname.lastname@example.org - Stratford Hall Supper Room Website: gippslandtlc.com.au November 3, 7-9pm Presenters include: Regional Arts Victoria, Proudly supported by Gippsport, Department of Planning and Community Development, Regional Development Victoria, Kilmany Uniting Care, Westpac Bank and Wellington Shire Council. More? Wellington Shire Council Community Wellbeing Unit 1300 366 244 Women’s Action Coalition The Women’s Action Coalition (WAC) is a sub-committee of the Gippsland Trades and Labour Council. Its purpose is to provide a forum for issues related to women. WAC will address these issues through politi- cal and social activism and working coopera- tively with both men and women. If anyone is interested in joining WAC please contact the GTLC Office by email at email@example.com to request a member- ship application form or ring Val on 5133 7682 The Gippsland Trades and Labour Council wishes to advise that the views or remarks expressed in this newsletter not neces- sarily the views of the Council or any of its members or affiliates.