||Issue No. 320||18 August 2006|
Fixing the WorkChoices Mess
Interview: A Life And Death Matter
Unions: Fighting Back
Industrial: What Cowra Means
Environment: Scrambling for Energy Security
Politics: Page Turner
Economics: The State of Labour
International: Workers Blood For Oil
History: Liberty in Spain
Review: Go Roys, Make A Noise
The Locker Room
Under the Pump
Bel Air BP suspended part-time teenager, Bill Schultze, for two weeks after he failed to capture the registration plate of a petrol thief, earlier this year.
With no security cameras, staff were required to write down the registration numbers on drive-off merchants.
Last week, staff were contacted in writing by BP Human Resources with notification that the formerly independent outlet would by acquired by a BP subsidiary called, No 1 Riverside Quay.
They were invited to attend an information session and told that continued employment would hinge on signing on a non-negotiable AWA that slashed base rates from $9.09 to $7.17 an hour.
BP said it was cutting the hourly rate to compensate for petrol stolen during 'drive offs'.
Bill's father, Adelaide policeman Peter Shultze, attended the information session and told Workers Online the company representative refused, point blank, to negotiate any feature of the AWA.
"We asked them if refusal to sign the contract in its current form would lead to the offer of employment being refused and they confirmed if Bill didn't sign there would be no job," his father said.
Given a week to consider the contract, Bill contacted his union, the AMWU and the family approached Adelaide MP Kate Ellis .
Ellis asked the Prime Minister, in Parliament, if he was aware of the position facing the 17 year-old schoolboy.
Peter Shultze said positive support from the general public had been fantastic and a big support to the whole family.
"The AMWU had a meeting with Bill and talked through some issues and helped make him feel better about his future and the whole situation.," he said.
"Bill's not going to sign the AWA and won't get the job, but he's getting something lined up in the hospitality industry. He certainly realised the value of union membership," he said.
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