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  Issue No 12 Official Organ of LaborNet 07 May 1999  





Fears of AWA Push in State Rail

Unions believe the State Rail Authority is planning to introduce Reith-style individual contracts for senior management as part of a new "get tough" approach to industrial relations.

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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In this issue
*  Interview: The Call of the Wild
We meet a union organiser who’s taking the union message into the call centres.
*  Unions: After the Gold Rush
Call centres are the boom industry and governments everywhere are touting them as major job creators - particularly in regional areas.
*  History: From Steam Trains to Information Superhighways
A new project is dedicated to promoting the heritage of the Eveleigh railway workshops.
*  Work/Time/Life: This Working Life: Issue #1
The debut issue of the ACTU's new monthly bulletin for it's Working Time and Employment Security Campaign.
*  International: British Unions Halt Membership Decline
Union membership has stopped falling in the UK for the first time in 18 years, suggesting that unions’ increased committment to recruitment and organising is starting to pay off.
*  Review: Cold Warriors' Secrets Exposed
NSW Attorney General Jeff Shaw looks at two books that lift the lid on Cold War espionage.

»  Push for Decent Call Centres
»  Shaw Unveils Second Wave
»  Union Raises the Roof for Beryl
»  Cotter Withdraws Currawong Standover Claims
»  Reith Second Wave Will Prolong Industrial Disputes
»  It’s Rio Telstra -- Union Braces for Attack
»  Fears of AWA Push in State Rail
»  Age Tele-Centre Seeks Pay Equity
»  Advocate Ads to be Referred to Auditor-General, ACCC
»  Labor Council to Stage Pre-Drug Summit

»  Guest Report
»  Sport
»  Trades Hall
»  Piers Watch

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»  Digging the Dirt-Digging

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