|Issue No 110||07 September 2001|
It's a Steal! Workers Underpaid Since 1991
Workers in the TAFE system have discovered they have been underpaid since 1991 - but the Carr Government is hiding behind technicalities to avoid paying them back.
The TAFE workers, members of the Public Service Association and the Australian Workers Union, have been nunderpaid since a 1991 wage variation was incorrectly applied.
PSA general secretary Maurie O'Sullivan says the Department of Employment and Training is now hiding behind the Statute of Limitations Act to avoid paying money owed between 1991 and 1995.
O'Sullivan says the Department's attitude is nothing short of a disgrace. "For the Department to hide behind a legal loophole and thereby not pay due salary is tantamount to stealing," O'Sullivan says.
"For the government to use such a law, it may be acting in a legal manner but it is certainly not acting in a moral or decent manner.
"Stealing money from employees makes the Government no better than Alan Bond or Christopher Skase or Stan Howard."
The Labor Council will approach Education minister John Aquilina on the workers' behalf.
Interview: Cast Adrift
Ethnic Communities Council chair Salvatore Scevola gives his take on the Tampa saga and the underlying attitudes driving the debate.
Workplace: Coming to Australia
Jagath Banderra recounts his own experience as a new arrival in Australia entering the workforce.
Human Rights: Long Road to Nowhere
Iraqi refugees travel the same tortuous road as Afghans. The refugees on the Tampa have almost certainly endured a similar ordeal.
Immigration: Experience Required
Veronica Apap looks at the many difficulties migrants face in having their skills recognised in Australia.
International: Why Economic Rationalism Isn't
The CFMEUs Phil Davey surveys the wreckage after 10 years of Brazil's Government doing what the free marketeers want.
History: Johnny's Naruan Wet Dream
Rowan Cahill looks at how Australia's preferred refugee dumping ground's history is indelibly linked with our own.
Unions: Getting the Message Out
Caroline Alcorso argues the integration of immigrant workers into the trade union movement has been a central issue in Australia’s post-war labor history.
Work/Time/Life: Driven To The Edge
In the ACTU’S groundbreaking Fifty Families report there is one particularly sobering story. Frank tells how the modern workplace is driving some people to the fatal edge.
Review: Whose Party?
NSW Labor’s century of successes began in 1910, as did the “middle classing” of Labor policy.
Satire: Ethnic Wog Gangs Rape Everyone
People who are white in colour are being raped by people who are not white, an exclusive Chaser investigation found last week.
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