||Issue No. 288||04 November 2005|
Interview: Public Defender
Legal: Craig's Story
Unions: Wrong Way, Go Back
Politics: Queue Jumping
History: Iron Heel
Economics: Waging War
International: Under Pressure
Poetry: Billy Negotiates An AWA
Review: A Pertinent Proposition
The Locker Room
Truth in Advertising
What a Woman!
It's Not Pretty
Della Grounds Boeing
Locked out Boeing workers from Williamtown have welcomed the move by the NSW Minister for Industrial Relations, John Della Bosca, to refer the Boeing dispute to the NSW Industrial Relations Commission.
"We'll back any avenue to end this dispute," says Boeing employee Adam Burgoyne from the Williamtown picket line. "We'll appreciate any help."
Burgoyne said the locked out workers, fighting Boeing's move to force them to stay on individual contracts, were resolved to stay the course.
"We're not going back until we get what we want,' says Burgoyne.
"It is abundantly clear the dispute cannot be resolved in the federal system," says Della Bosca. "The Iemma government is activating the Ministerial reference power of the State Industrial Relations Act to allow for the NSW Commission to inquire into the dispute.
"The failure of the Commonwealth to resolve this matter is a national disgrace and an example of how industrial relations issues will be dealt with under Mr Howard's brave new world of workplace relations.
"With the support and encouragement of the Howard government, Boeing continues to block a resolution by refusing to negotiate a collective agreement."
Della Bosca slammed the Howard government for failing to act, even though it had the power to intervene, accusing it of actively supporting one of the world's largest corporations in a battle with Hunter Valley engineers and their families.
"And these are the sort of workplace relations Mr Howard wants to impose on all Australians," said Della Bosca.
At the heart of the dispute is the refusal of the American corporation to allow workers a ballot on whether they should be covered by individual or collective contracts.
Howard supported Boeing's stance in Parliament, last month.
|Search All Issues | Latest Issue | Previous Issues | Print Latest Issue|