|Issue No 12||07 May 1999|
Fears of AWA Push in State Rail
The Australian Services Union and APESMA have both raised concerns that senior officers will be forced onto individual contracts as part the SRA's current "functional reform process".
Then process is designed to improve the Authority's performance in its business areas in return for pay increases.
Reith-style AWAs are possible in the rail industry because it is covered by a federal, rather than a state award.
APESMA has accused the SRA of attempting to bypass the unions in the negotiations, which propose "significant reductions in conditions for our members."
The ASU, which has formed a senior officer's sub-branch to resist the attack, says the SRA tactics should be of concern to all unions.
They have asked Labor Council to raise this matter with the government. Labor Council secretary Michael Costa agreed to take up the issue and condemned the SRA for going down this path.
"The union movement believes that state government authorities or instrumentalities pursuing individual contracts is just not on," he said.
"We will not tolerate AWAs being promoted by the NSW Government or any of its off-shoots."
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