||Issue No. 294||10 February 2006|
Interview: Court's in Session
Industrial: Whose Choices?
Politics: Peter's Principles
Environment: TINA or Greener?
History: Its Not Just Handshakes and Aprons
International: US Locks out Jose' Bove
Education: No AWA - No Job
Culture: Jesus was a Long-Grass Man
Review: Charlie the Serf
The Locker Room
Belated Merry Whatmas?
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
I Think Therefore I Scam
A Taxing Answer
Leslie John Turner
Della Builds Fortress NSW
As the High Court commenced hearing a challenge to the constitutionality of the laws and the CFMEU bedded down a collective deal with a key industry player, IR minister John Della Bosca, was finalising plans for 'Fortress NSW'.
The basis of the plan is a broad series of administrative, regulatory and legislative measures that will maintain coverage for the bulk of the NSW public sector.
"Unlike the NSW Opposition, a Iemma Labor government will not jeopardise vital frontline services by condemning nurses, police, fire fighters and other personnel to the Commonwealth's unfair and conflict-ridden workplace model, " Della Bosca says.
The work is being done parallel to the High Court challenge to the laws, which commenced hearings this week.
The High Court ruled it has the jurisdiction to hear the challenges launched by the governments of NSW, Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland. Tasmania and Victoria attended, although they have yet to file.
The matter will be heard by the full bench of the High Court from 8-12 May 2006. A further directions hearing is scheduled for 9 March.
Big Builder Goes Union
Meanwhile, the CFMEU has reached an agreement with one of Australia's largest construction companies that will protect its workers
Bovis Lend Lease, has struck a collective agreement with the CFMEU that will provide certainty and security on construction projects across Australia for the next three years.
CFMEU national secretary construction division John Sutton says the Joint Development Agreement will provide security of wages and conditions of employment for employees of Bovis Lend lease.
Sutton says the agreement, endorsed by CFMEU members this week, showed that the industry was getting on with business, rather than being distracted by the federal government's anti-union witch-hunt.
The agreement allows for an increase in superannuation entitlements as well as consolidating a number of allowances to a base hourly rate and provides for a 13% increase.
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