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Qld's First Major Review of Awards


The Queensland Council of Union (QCU) lodged its submissions in the first major review of Awards in Queensland.

QCU General Secretary Grace Grace said the Award Review Case will be heard across five days before a full bench of the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission from September 17-25.

"We anticipate that this test case will set principles for the review of all Queensland state Awards which has to take place before July 1 next year," Ms Grace said.

"The QCU believes this will provide a fair and balanced outcome for workers in Queensland," she said.

"This case will strengthen the award system in Queensland because it is not shackled by the type of legislation under the Howard government," Ms Grace said.

Items in the Award Review case include greater protection for part time workers, relevance of exemption clauses, model clauses, facilitative provisions and dispute procedures.

"We are disappointed that employers are attempting to use this Award Review Process to strip away workers conditions," Ms Grace said.

"Employers should understand that the Peter Beattie Labor government's legislation is vastly different to Howard's 'stripping back' agenda," she said.

"The Award Review case will ensure that Queensland workers under Awards are not disadvantaged by outdated provisions and clauses no longer relevant in today's workforce," Ms Grace said.

This is the first major review of Awards under the new Labor government's Industrial Relations Act.


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Features
*  Interview: The Man from Manusafe
Manusafe chief Andrew Whiley explains why employers have nothing to fear from the entitlements trust fund.
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*  E-Change: 2.4 The Skeptic’s Response
In this round-table discussion, Noel Hester leads the charge against the argument that globalisation and change are inevitable.
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*  Politics: No Hand Idle
Whitlam Institute director Peter Botsman finds much to agree with in John Howard's social coalition for welfare delivery.
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*  Unions: Slavery and Struggle
A battle with all the elements of the infamous waterfront dispute is being played out in Charleston, South Carolina:
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*  International: Postcard from Santiago
The CFMEU's Phil Davey meets up with Communist Party cadres in Chile who led the underground resistance to Pinochet.
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*  History: Race and Australian Labour.
Australian unionists have long been questioning notions of a “White Australia”, even before the colonies united with it as the central feature.
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*  Economics: Global Regulation
Public sector unions from around the globe are taking the first steps to work internationally against the deregulation agenda.
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*  Satire: Niche Identified in Left-Wing Publications Market
A marxist-feminist activist has discovered a gaping hole in the lucrative left-wing publications market.
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*  Review: The Fight for Equal Pay
In this extract from her new book, Zelda D'Aprano looks at the contribution Kath Williams made to the struggle for equality.
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»  Commonwealth Hit With Criminal Conviction
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»  ABC IR Memo Draws More Fire
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»  Unions Warn of More Deaths in Construction
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»  Big Brother Hits Rail Workers
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»  Libs Dodge Public Education Forum
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»  Westfield Squeezes The Extra Dollar
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»  MP's Staffers Fume Over Pay Deal
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»  Mat Leave Win for Country Energy
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»  No Wonder Wonderland Workers Unhappy
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»  Qld's First Major Review of Awards
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»  Unions Buck Online Ambush
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»  Bras Burned for Burma
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»  Two Capps To Cancel Debt
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»  Australians Work Too Much, Too Long
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»  Activists Notebook
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Letters to the editor
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