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Postby NC » Tue Nov 27, 2007 2:19 pm

The changes to Australia's labour laws started with the mining industry back in the 80's when mining companies (one from Canada, that I knew closely) drove workers away from unions by presenting them very lucrative work contracts that essentially broke the labour laws of the time. There were mostly closed shops and workers *had* to belong to a union and *had* to fit under one collective agreement or another. These mining companies said to the gov't of the time that they cannot mine under those conditions so the employees signed individual contracts with the employers - so it started.

That was long before Work Choices but it set the ground rules. It was not a result of the John Howard brain trust, but came from the workers themselves who saw the opportunity that was going to leave if they did not adapt.


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Postby NC » Sat Dec 01, 2007 1:12 pm

That should be really interesting to watch. I am going to leave this thread going and hopefully between us we can keep the topic up to date.


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Postby Cat Lady » Sat Dec 01, 2007 7:52 pm

I don't see how the unions would expect the gov't recind any AWAs that are currently in place. You would expect both company and worker to honour those agreements until they expire.



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Postby NC » Sun Dec 02, 2007 1:22 pm

Or roll them into CA's?


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Postby Cat Lady » Mon Dec 03, 2007 4:35 pm

I don't see how an individual contract could be rolled into a CA. Are you infering the AWA be cancelled and the person put back into the bargaining unit?



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Postby NC » Wed Dec 05, 2007 1:27 pm

If they are going to try to get rid of the personal contracts they will have to do something for all those that are in one. I gather the Unions want collective bargaining and sectoral rights brought back so any performance based agreements/rewards will not fit to well into the seniority system.

It should be a show if they try to shove the merit system genie back into the seniority bottle.


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Postby Cat Lady » Wed Dec 19, 2007 8:31 pm

BRENDAN Nelson has indicated that the Coalition is likely to support the Rudd Government's revamp of industrial relations laws after officially declaring that "Work Choices is dead".


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Postby Cat Lady » Fri Mar 28, 2008 8:21 am

Unions welcome start of ban on new AWAs & vow to continue campaign to scrap WorkChoices

Friday, 28 March 2008



Unions welcome the ban on new Australian Workplace Agreements (AWAs) that takes effect today (12 midnight Friday 28 March) but plan to continue the campaign to scrap Work Choices in its entirety.

ACTU President Sharan Burrow said:

“The law to ban new AWAs is an important first step in restoring the rights of Australian workers that were taken away by the former Liberal Government’s Work Choices IR laws.

“But the job is not over yet. This is not the end of WorkChoices.

“Unions will continue to campaign for the complete dismantling of WorkChoices and for the establishment of a fair and balanced IR system that fully protects workers’ rights.

“Unions are determined to achieve laws that give workers:

Protection from being dismissed unfairly.
The right to bargain collectively to improve our workplaces and an obligation for employers to negotiate in good faith.
The right to join and be collectively represented by a union, to access advice and information from unions in their workplace and to have a say about decisions that affect their work.
A strong safety net of awards and minimum standards that maintain safe workplaces and a decent standard of living for all workers.
A genuinely independent umpire that has the power to resolve disputes and grievances.

“Today is an historic day in the campaign to restore workers’ rights.

“For more than ten years the Liberals and Nationals promoted AWAs as a means to attack workers’ rights and drive down their pay and conditions — from today this is no longer possible.

"A recent Senate Report confirmed that thousands of Australian workers lost pay and conditions under Work Choices AWAs through the loss of public holiday pay, annual leave loading, shift allowances, overtime pay, penalty rates, redundancy pay & other conditions.

“Unions now call on employers to respect the will of the Australian people and allow workers to get off a lower paid or substandard Work Choices AWA and go onto a union collective agreement that properly protects their wages, conditions and rights,â€




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