||Issue No. 269||24 June 2005|
Truth In Advertising
Interview: The Baby Drought
Industrial: Lies, AWAs and Statistics
Workplace: The Invisible Parents
History: Bruce’s Big Blunder
Politics: All God's Children
Economics: Spun Out
International: Shakey Trials
Legal: Civil Distrubance
Review: Crash Course In Racism
Poetry: You're Fired
The Locker Room
Stuck for words
More care, less scare
Do or die time
China throws in Mao’s towel
Don’t strike out strikes
Letters to the Editor
Good outlook at Hertz
It is a positive outlook for workers employed as Quality Inspectors (car detailers) at the Hertz car rental facility at Perth Domestic Airport (corner Ross and Snook Drive Redcliffe) in their continued fight for proper wages and conditions in the WA Industrial Relations Commission on Wednesday June 22.
Casual employees have been guaranteed work by the WA State Manager after previously being stood down and stopped from having any regular work because of their affiliation with the TWU.
After consultation via telephone to the Melbourne head office, Hertz Western Australia has finally agreed to sit down and negotiate with its workers, although the company is still hesitant in agreeing to place its‚ workers under the Transport Workers Union (General) Award of 1961, despite the fact that it already pays its vehicle drivers under the very same award!
Workplace Delegate Nicki Shea agrees that the outlook is positive. All we have wanted from day one is the company to sit down and negotiate with us to our pay and conditions rather than place a contract in front of us basically force us to sign. If we can negotiate a better deal then obviously it benefits the workers who will be far better off financially which will only encourage job loyalty. This will also protect the interests of the company, because at the end of the day we all have a job to do and it is a credit to the workers and the TWU who have stuck together and fought for what is right and fair and that is all we can ask.
The Hertz workers have continually asked for appropriate wages to be paid under an award in order to receive penalty rates and correct pay for Saturday and Sunday work, evening shifts and leave loading, all under a TWU agreement.
Hertz at the Perth Airport operates 365 days per year from 6.30am to 11.30pm including every weekend, public holiday (Christmas, Easter etc). The matter has now been adjourned for three weeks in the WA Industrial Relations Commission, whilst talks and negotiations are undertaken by the two parties concerned.
Workplace Delegate at Hertz for the TWU.
(Further information and comment can be directed to Mr Rick Burton TWU Organiser on 0417914108 or the TWU Perth Office on (08) 93287477.)
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