||Issue No. 307||19 May 2006|
Open for Business?
Interview: Out of the Bedroom
Industrial: Cloak and Dagger
Legal: The Fantasy of Choice
Politics: Labor Pains
Economics: Economics and the Public Purpose
Corporate: House of Horrors
History: Clash Of Cultures
International: Childs Play
Culture: Folk You Mate!
Review: Last Holeproof Hero
The Locker Room
Pleased with Beazley
What is Working Class
National Day of Protest
Higher Profile for Labor
Andrews Puts Contracts on Families
Master Builders Association chief, Brian Seidler, confirmed the agenda at a NSW Industrial Relations Society Convention, last week.
Seidler said building industry employers would use the Independent Contractors Act to get rid of rostered days off.
"There is a major push in the industry to get rid of RDOs, and the ICA would be used to do just that," Seidler said. "I make no bones about that."
Seidler predicted the ICA would be "far more detrimental" to construction unions that the suite of anti-worker industry-specific Acts, already in force.
These include Howard Government laws that force building workers to attend interrogation sessions, on pain of gaol, and introduce a standing commission, policed by 150 lawyers and form police officers, to defend employer interests.
These moves have seen construction unions tied up in a string of expensive court actions. Even on the many occasions the taxpayer funded prosecutions have been thrown out, unions have sustained heavy financial costs.
The Independent Contractors Act is expected to deny contractors the right to be represented by unions; to declare dependent contractors independent, and to move them out of the jurisdiction of industrial instruments or industrial commissions.
Dr John Buchanan, from Sydney University's Workplace Research Centre, said the full scope of Howard Government industrial relations changes would not be apparent until the contractor provisions were unveiled.
He predicted details, due to be made public next month, would make apparent what the "choice" element of WorkChoices really meant.
He said the ICA would "free" contractors, within market constraints, but leave everyone in the IR system bound up by "micro-regulation".
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