to be held on Friday, 24 February, 2017, at 12 noon.
Venue: West Adelaide Football Club, 57 Milner Road, Richmond
promises to be a great day!
Salad Bar Available.
Our Special Guest will be Mr. John “Dingo” Manfield and Don Woolman will make our presentation to John.
For those who don’t know John you are in for a treat. He did his Comp apprenticeship at the Old Guv in the early 1950s and was mates with Don “Flash” Woolman and the late Ron “Arti” Hamence.
John did all this whilst living inside the Adelaide Zoo with his family and zoo friends.
Those coming so far: Rod Parham, Judy Marks, Pam Palmer, Janet McGuiness, Alex Riley, John and Toni Manfield, Don Woolman, Marianne Hunn, Ray Belt, Bob Downs, Jack and Helen Flack, Dennis Grover, Kevin Rex Stack-Neale and Judy, Vic Potticary, Barry O’Donnell, Lew Morrison. Esther Harris, Brian Hartshorne, Conrad and Norma Rogers, Peter Wright, Jyll Watson, Garth Mugford, Mike Burnett, The Korffs (Charlie, Ruth, Thelma, Andrew and Eireann), Eunice Wright, Ellen Krueger, Geoff Michell, David and Wendy Walker, Jenny Easther, Judy and Dennis Duthie,
Apologies from Rob and Wendy Powell, Laurie Cahalan, Coralie Hills, Marilyn and David Harding, Grant Hofmeyer,
Our thoughts go out to Bruce Lockier and family.
Bruce is undergoing intensive rehabilitation at the moment and is still not 100% and we look forward to seeing him in the near future.
The former transport union official Frederick Blake, recalled: “When the Dagenham girls came down to see Barbara Castle [then employment minister] in 1968 I was asked to sit in a separate room because she wanted to see them on their own, which is fair enough.”
Mr Blake was described by newspapers at the time of the strike as “the leader of the new suffragettes”.
“Although I was in charge of the union for the Ford factory I stayed in the background because I didn’t want people to think that a man was leading the women,” he added. “I was asked by the bosses to tell them to go back to work so we could keep negotiating, but I wouldn’t do that until we had a good settlement because there were men doing the same job and getting paid far more. It wasn’t fair.”
Mr Blake explained that he was an advocate of women’s rights long before the 1968 strike that made history: “When I came home after fighting in Burma in the Second World War and saw the damage that the bombs had done to the country, I thought,
‘Why don’t the women get medals for what they’ve had to put up with, too?’ That’s what first made me think about equality.”
Image: A scene from the 2010 movie “Made in Dagenham”
.When women machinists at Ford’s Dagenham plant downed tools in 1968 in protest at the fact that they were classed as unskilled workers, while male colleagues doing the same job were thought to be skilled and paid much more for their efforts, they couldn’t have imagined the ramifications.
The three-week strike brought production at the factory – which was the focus of the UK car industry at the time – to a standstill, and the dispute was resolved only when Barbara Castle was brought in to negotiate a settlement.
The Ford machinists went back to work after agreeing to be paid 92 per cent of male machinists’ wages, and the strike speeded up the introduction of the Equal Pay Act of 1970, which made it illegal to have different pay scales for men and women.
The women on the picket line in 1968 endured jeers when a photographer snapped one of their banners declaring “We Want Sexual Equality” partly unfurled, so that it read “We Want Sex”.
The machinists were also supported by the union representative Bernie Passingham, and many had the backing of husbands who worked in the factory.
At the time the practice of women being paid less than men for the same jobs was widespread – a tradition that hasn’t entirely died out
Alex Noriega from the United States of America was named International Landscape Photographer of the Year for his folio submission, including the aerial photo (above) called “Mother Brain”, which was taken over the Colorado Plateau, in south-western America.
A cut in penalty rates will be an especially heavy blow for women who make up 54% of the hospitality workforce.
Article by Jo-anne Scofield and published 31 January, 2017.
There is never, ever a right time to cut the pay of two million hospitality and retail workers – but now is definitely not the right moment.
With wage growth at its lowest point since records began 20 years ago and housing affordability shifting from critical to crisis, workers need every cent they currently earn. And hard-working hospitality workers, who already earn less than half the average wage, need income security most of all.
Yet it is these workers, whose jobs are among the most precarious and insecure in the country, who are being unfairly targeted through an application by powerful business groups to cut their weekend pay.
While the Turnbull government has been sitting on the sideline, the Fair Work Commission is deliberating on tens of thousands of pages of evidence presented over the past two years to determine the future of penalty rates.
Single mother, Sharon Eurlings, is a long time hospitality worker from Sydney. She works every Sunday. It’s not easy and she and her children miss out on a lot. “Sunday is family day but the children understand mummy has to work to pay the bills,” she says.
Eurlings is angry at the prospect of a cut in weekend penalty rates: “It would be devastating. I would have to find extra work to support us. I’d have no choice. The result would be even less time with my children.”
Eurlings is not alone in feeling anxious about the commission’s decision. Dozens more members of our union, United Voice, gave evidence to the commission, providing hard evidence from their pay packets, financial records and household expenses to demonstrate just how drastic a cut to weekend rates would be for them and their families.
The evidence showed that stretched family budgets would be affected, in some cases, to breaking point.