|Issue No 109
|31 August 2001
Call for Change in Award Increases
State Wage Cases should automatically flow through to all workers on award rates of pay, rather than requiring separate hearings, unions will argue.
The Australian Workers Union is leading the push to amend section 19 of the NSW Industrial relations Act, which currently requires awards to be reviewed and brought up to date.
AWU secretary Russ Collison says that now this painstaking process has been completed, awards can be easily brought up to date by order of the Commission.
"The AWU requests that Labor Council at future State Wage Cases seek the making of general orders in relation to adjustments to rates and allowances," he says.
"This will avoid the problems that have arisen to delay in making applications by broad-based unions such as the AWU which have responsibility for a massive number of State awards.".
Specifically the AWU seeks:
- in future State Wage cases the NSW Government should support the making of general orders to adjust rates and allowances in awards, and
- amend section 19 of the Industrial Relations Act that the Commission has responsibility for reviewing all awards every three eyars.
The Labor Council is seeking the support of NSW Industrial Relations Minister John Della Bosca on the issue.
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Politics: Chatting with Enemies of the State
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History: Struggle and Inspiration
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Technology: A World Without Microsoft
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