||Issue No. 289||11 November 2005|
The Great Repression
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
We're Just Serfin'
To the Shredder
Catholics Bless Day of Action
In contrast to employers such as the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations and Qantas, the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations has announced employees have the right to stop work to attend Tuesday's rallies.
"Catholic employers will be advised to co-operate with those employees who wish to exercise their right to participate in the "National Day of Community Protest," the CCER says in a statement.
The CCER has taken this position despite one of the Catholic Church's largest group of employees, those who work for Catholic schools, not being directly affected by Howard's IR changes.
According to Dick Shearman, General Secretary of the Independent Education Union, Catholic systemic schools are not "constitutional corporations" and many Catholic independent schools are not trading or financial corporations, thereby escaping being caught by the new Act.
The CCER decision affects thousands of people, employed mainly in schools and welfare organisations.
Its move came as Qantas warned employees they could face legal sanctions if they left work to attend the Day of Action protests. Qantas pointed out, that under laws it is paying to advertise, such action would be unlawful.
"We reserve our right to take whatever legal action is required to ensure our customers are not inconvenienced," says Qantas executive Kevin Brown.
Similarly, it has emerged that agency heads within the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations have been advised to deny leave, including flex time, to staff who might use it to join the ACTU protest.
Capital city focal points for the November 15 day of action include:
Federation Square, Melbourne, 9am.
Martin Place and Belmore Park, Sydney, at 9am.
Turf Club, Fannie Bay, Darwin, 8.30.
Southbank, Brisbane, 9am.
Princes Wharf, Shed 1, Hobart, 8.30.
The Esplanade, Perth, 12 noon.
Elder Park, King William St, Adelaide, 8am.
Betting Hall, Canberra Racecourse, Canberra, 8.30.
For more details of the Day of Action go to www.rightsatwork.com.au
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