||Issue No. 264||20 May 2005|
Interview: Fortress NSW
Unions: Fashions Afield
Industrial: Pay Dirt
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History: Big Day Out
International: Making History
Economics: The Fear Factor
Review: The Robots Revolt
Poetry: The Corporation's Power
The Locker Room
Council Unhealthy for Families
The Council boasted it was a family friendly employer in the job ad that netted the man but has now back-flipped on a commitment to let him condense his work from five days a week to four.
Development and Environmental Professionals' Association secretary Ian Robertson said the employee was told during his job interview that if he worked five days per week for a year he could then apply to work a four-day week.
One year later the offer no longer stands and the matter has been lodged in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission, resulting in a recommendation he work his 35-hour week over four days for a three month trial period.
Despite the trial's success Robertson says the man was refused the opportunity to keep it up on the basis the Council does not have the resources as its team of environmental health officers are required to inspect food outlets, sewage and other complaints throughout the week.
A flexibility for work and family clause contained in the Local Government (State) Award says the Council may agree on flexible work and family leave arrangements to enable employees to attend to work and family responsibilities. It also says councils shall not unreasonable withhold such agreements provided operational needs are met.
"Bankstown Council's ad boasted of family friendly provisions for part-time and full-time work and it continues to boast in its ads - but the reality is certainly not evident in this instance."
"If parents - and particularly men - want to participate in this kind of involvement it should be encouraged."
"This is precisely the kind of dispute that we will not be able to run any longer if Howard has his way with the industrial relations system."
DEPA will meet with Bankstown Council again next week.
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