||Issue No. 251||11 February 2005|
Economics: Super Seduction
Interview: Bono and Me
Unions: The Eight Hour Day and the Holy Spirit
Technology: From Widgets to Digits
Education: Dumb and Dumber
Health: No Place for the Young
History: The Work-In That Changed a Nation
Review: Dare to Win
Poetry: Labor's Dreaming
Taskforce Loses "Payback" Evidence
Stalking Horses in Safety Stampede
The Locker Room
Morals Beat Hasty Retreat
Uncounted Cost Of Asbestos
Voting Farce Expands
I Beg To Differ
Labor Council of NSW
Low Blow in Ferry Blue
Incat is hiding behind the Federal Government's Workplace Relations Act to ignore its staff's demand for a union agreement.
The company, which trousered $30 million in taxpayer handouts before recording a $17 million profit last year, employs people on around $80 a week below standard Tasmanian rates.
Union members and non-union supporters have walked out four times since enterprise bargaining talks began, last year.
The action, co-ordinated by the AMWU and CFMEU, has resulted in the company agreeing to key demands, including a three percent wage rise from certification, an additional three percent from November, tool allowances and a 38-hour working week.
But it continues to resist unions being a party to its document.
Last Friday, it bulleted one of two elected AMWU delegates, citing an ongoing injury.
"I think you will find the real reason was plain, old-fashioned discrimination," AMWU acting state president, Darren Hanisch, said.
"This man is an outspoken and active union delegate who participates in shopfloor meetings. Suddenly, in the middle of a dispute, they choose to sack him.
"We will be taking legal action to defend his rights, and the rights of the people he represented."
Hanisch said the sacking fitted into a pattern of discrimination at Incat. On Monday, it announced that anyone who had participated in industrial action would not be considered for overtime.
Incat, he said, was carrying the ball for the federal government's union-busting agenda.
"The workers at Incat, union and non-union, want the protection of unions being parties to their agreement," he said "but the Workplace Relations Act allows the company to ignore their vote.
"The only recourse they have is to industrial action. It's a bad law because it promotes confrontation and workplace disputes."
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