||Issue No. 155||04 October 2002|
Wrong Way, Go Back
Interview: The Wet One
Bad Boss: Like A Bastard
Unions: Demolition Derby
Corporate: The Bush Doctrine
Politics: American Jihad
Health: Secret Country
Review: Walking On Water
Poetry: The UQ Stonewall
Corrigan Fires Shot in Rail Showdown
Fight Begins For Long Weekends
Experts to Arrest Drug Test Outbreak
Jobs Auction Hitting Bank Workers
NSW Screws Down Lid on Funeral Scams
Hilton Strike Break Plans in Tatters
Detention Centre Workers Demand Safety Search
Religious Teachers Win Legal Coverage
Pressure Builds on Parking Sting
US Docks Lockout Hits Sea Trade
Month In Review
The Locker Room
Shame on Murray
Use or Abuse of Long Term Casuals
Speaking in Tongues
Labor Council of NSW
Libs Pledge Moderate IR line
The Liberals IR spokesman Michael Gallacher has told Workers Online that he would retain the powers of the NSW Industrial Relations Commission and would be supportive of increased regulation of labour hire.
Distancing himself from the hardline federal IR agenda of Abbott and Reith, Gallacher said he had his own approach to industrial relations.
"My own observation is that there is an enormous amount of good will amongst employer and employee organisations and that the Government should seek to maintain this and set up a process facilitating agreed solutions rather than imposing them," Gallacher said.
On current issues of importance to trade unions, Gallacher:
- said the Coalition would support "appropriate regulations" for labour hire that "ensure labour hire is not simply a device to destroy workers rights and conditions."
- indicated he was open to discussing the ACTU call centre Code of Conduct with Labor Council
- suggested privacy protection to workplace emails should be similar to that accorded telephone calls.
- and pledged that a Coalition government would review the state's workers compensation scheme to determine if last year's reform package "went too far".
He also restated the Coalition's support for a pay rise for nurses and promised to work constructively with other public sector workers pursuing pay rises next year.
Gallacher played up his own trade union background, which included holding elected office with the NSW Police Association and receiving a TUTA course certificate.
"Unions are an important part of the social development of Australia as well as its industrial framework," he said.
"My concern with the Union movement has been where it involved itself in politics rather than looking after the interests of its members. One of the strengths of the Police Association has always been that it has remained politically non-aligned."
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