|Issue No 109
|31 August 2001
Della Moves on Pay Slip Concerns
In a win for workers, the Carr Government has tightened requirements on the information employers must place on their pay-slips.
The CFEMU construction division raised the suggestion in may at the height of the spate of company collapses leaving workers with unpaid entitlements.
They argued that employers should be forced to identify their legal name on all pay-slips, to prevent Patrick-style asset stripping that leaves workers with unpaid entitlements or without workers compensation insurance.
Under the changes, employers will soon be legally required to include their company name and Australian Business Number on their workers' pay-slips.
NSW Minister for Industrial Relations, John Della Bosca says the changes will prevent employers from masking the true identity of the business.
Della Bosca says failure to supply written pay-slips that contain all the information required by the regulation is a criminal offence, carrying a maximum penalty of $2,200 per pay-slip and per offence.
"This new regulation will mean that workers are left in no doubt as to who is actually employing them and it also removes some of the risk associated with business failures and the payment of entitlements," he says.
The regulation will commence on 1 January 2002 to allow employers time to change their payroll systems.
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Electrical Trades Union state secretary Bernie Riordan surveys the union movement's troubled relationship with Labor.
International: Spreading the Word
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E-Change: Training for a Wired Workforce
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Unions: AWU Defends Millennium Train Workers
Mark Hearn looks at how a group of Newcastle workers are setting a new standard in the railways.
Politics: Chatting with Enemies of the State
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History: Struggle and Inspiration
Rowan Cahill argues that it is only through understanding history that we can make sense of the present plight of workers.
Technology: A World Without Microsoft
Heather Sharp argues that all technologies involve political choices and moral values. Computer software is no exception, and it is Bill Gates' choices that dominate.
Review: Let There Be Rock
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