||Issue No. 300||24 March 2006|
Of Milestones and Millstones
Interview: Organising In Cyberspace
Industrial: How Low Is Low
Industrial: Cloak and Dagger
Unions: Bad Medicine
History: Right Turn, Clyde
Economics: Long Division
International: Union Proud
Politics: Howard’s Sick Joke
Indigenous: The year of living dangerously
Review: Lights, Camera, Strike!
Culture: News Front
The Locker Room
Print Bosses Finger the Bush
The Printing Industry Association and Australian Industry Group (AIG) have refused to flow on skills-based payments to thousands of people in the Bush, employed under the Country Printing and Publishing Award.
The AMWU won increases of up to $3200 a year, in October, for Graphic Arts Award members by convincing the AIRC of the need for better skills recognition.
Up until this week, that recognition would have flowed to people of the same skills in rural Australia, but WorkChoices has put an end to that.
And, last week, industry heavies gave bush workers the metaphorical middle finger.
Stunned AMWU official, Steve Walsh, said the decision was a kick in the teeth for skills recognition and rural Australia.
"Thousands of country workers will be denied increases that the AIRC has determined their skills entitle them to," Walsh said.
"We are left with a five level structure with no skills relationship.
"These employers are greedy and selfish. They have shown a complete lack of concern for skills and rural Australia, despite the best efforts of the union.
"It is amazing that an industry body can adopt a policy that deliberately consigns most of its members to a commercial disadvantage. That's exactly what the Printing Industry Association has done to its own members in urban Australia."
The AIRC accepted the union's contention that the Grahpic Arts Award should adopt an eight-point skills recognition structure.
Workers Online understands that between 10,000 and 15,000 people, outside the major cities, are employed under its rural counterpart.
They work for commercial printers and non-daily regional newspapers.
Rural Press is one of the largest employers covered by the Country Publishing and Printing document.
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