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Cleaner Wins Annual Leave Rights Dispute

By Andrew Casey

The Canberra cleaning company, described as 'unreasonable' by the Industrial Relations Commission for denying annual leave, today lost its appeal against the decision before the Full Bench of the AIRC.

" It is a clear cut victory for union members who stood together to protect their right to annual leave," Yvette Berry, the LHMU Cleaning Union organiser said today.

" It took the AIRC Full Bench less than an hour to chuck out the appeal over the dispute about exactly when a 50 year old Canberra Hospital cleaner could take her annual leave.

" The Commission's ruling that this company was 'unreasonable' in ordering our member to take leave in February - rather than in July when she was to attend her niece's wedding - has been upheld.

" All the members of the LHMU Cleaning Union are rejoicing because it shows what can be done when working people organise themselves into a union, stick together and stick up for their rights," Yvette Berry said

" We are now pursuing our unfair dismissal claim against the company who sacked Mrs Noveska after she left Canberra to fly to Macedonia to attend a family re-union.

Limro Cleaning Services wanted the Full Bench to overturn the previous Commission ruling that Slavica Noveska was fully in her rights to ask to take leave in July so she could attend the family reunion. The boss had order her to take leave in February.


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Features
*  Interview: What's The Deal?
Labor's IR spokesman Arch Bevis explains how a Beazley Government will rebuild our broken system.
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*  E-Change: 2.3 The State of the Union
White hope or white elephant? The future of trade unions is by no means guaranteed in the networked society.
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*  Industrial: Into the 21st Century
ACTU President Sharan Burrow looks at the landmark deal delivering workers 12 months paid maternity leave.
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*  Unions: The Black Hole
Jim Marr goes inside Stellar to discover the human cost of a management philosophy that says: you are on your own.
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*  History: The Age of Dissent
The Sydney Branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History has organised a Conference on Social Protest Movements and the Labour Movement, 1965-1975.
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*  Media: ABC and the Knowledge Nation
Tony Moore looks at how the national broadcaster's fortunes are closely linked to the Knowledge Nation Agenda
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*  International: Brazil´s C.U.T. - When Big Is Beautiful
The CFMEU´s Phil Davey drops in on Brazil´s equivalent to the ACTU, the Central Unica Dos Trabalhadores (CUT).
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*  Satire: Bracks Disputes Cabramatta tag
Victorian Premier Steve Bracks has called for a national council to decide on a location for Australia's drug capital.
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*  Review: Globalisation Is Globalisation
In an extract from his book, Christopher Shiel argues that the official Australian perspective on globalisation is strikingly narrow.
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»  Unrest in Hospitals Over Contracting Out
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»  Paid Baby Leave Sparks New Family Push
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»  Nurses Pay Action Hots Up
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»  Costello's Couriers March to Canberra
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»  'Man Who Worked Too Hard' Wins Back Job
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»  Soldiers Suffer Dodgy Bog
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»  Union Backs Call For Safety Review
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»  Cleaner Wins Annual Leave Rights Dispute
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»  Tip Top's Not the One
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»  Flying High: Airport Guards Scoop Cash
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»  Union Presence At Big Indian Community Fair
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»  Activists Notenbook
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Columns
»  The Soapbox
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»  Sport
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»  Trades Hall
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»  Tool Shed
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Letters to the editor
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»  The Plight of Casual Teachers
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»  Belly's Back!
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