|Issue No 32||24 September 1999|
Off the Rails - Workers Gagged
Relations between unions and Transport Minister Carl Scully continue to deteriorate with the State Rail Authority refusing to release employees to participate in Joint Consultative Meetings.
Management has written to the Australian Services Union telling it that the Committee - which has been in operation since 1978 - "is serving no purpose and involves unnecessary additional expenditure to the Authority."
"From my observation the employees who attend your JCC neither receive nor impart any benefit as a result of their attendance nor do they positively add to the consultation process or assist the Authority in implementing new initiatives," State Rail's general manager employee relations Bob Mackenzie says in the letter.
The Australian Services Union says it considers the latest move by SRA management as "another tactic to further erode democratic participation by trade unionists in the operation of this organisation through consultative mechanisms."
The blue over the consultative committees comes as rail union commenced what could become a series of strikes over the Carr Government's management of the rail system.
The ASU's Gary Sergeant told this week's Labor Council that State Rail management was "liberal" and pro-Reith".
"The workers have got to the stage where they have had enough", Sergeant said, while revealing that State Rail management was now moving to block the union's access to internal mail systems.
He also criticised Scully for spreading "dis-information" that there were three employees for every manager in State rail. Sergeant says that Scully is counting station masters as employees - where they are in reality "workers and trade unionists".
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