||Issue No. 327||06 October 2006|
The Road to Bangalore
Interview: Cowboys and Indians
Industrial: Seven Deadly Sins
Unions: The IT Factor
Politics: Bargain Basement
Environment: An Inconvenient Hoax
Corporate: Two Sides
International: Unfair Dismissals
History: A Stitch in Time
Review: The Wind that Shakes the Barley
It's a Goal - Compass Out-Pointed
AMWU Challenges Forced Deportation
Labor Council of NSW
Umpire Delivers to Posties
The Australian Industrial Relations Commission has overturned a ruling that prevented Australia Post workers participating in the June 28 national protest.
On the eve of that action, a single AIRC Commissioner issued orders that prevented the Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union from promoting the event.
The CEPU had encouraged its Australia Post members to take leave to attend the rally and Australia Post responded by denying leave and issuing threats of disciplinary action.
The CEPU appealed the decision arguing that a ruling that threatened union officials, delegates and Australia Post workers with penalties and fines for exercising their democratic rights was outside the powers of the AIRC.
In a majority decision, the AIRC full bench has ruled that the decision to make an order against Australia Post workers and their Union officials was wrong as promoting participation in the National Day of Community action did not constitute the organising of industrial action against Australia Post.
CEPU NSW secretary Jim Metcher says the decision vindicates the union and reinforces the value of the AIRC's role as an independent umpire.
"The umpire has upheld the right of workers and their union to promote the National Day of Community action," Mr Metcher said.
"If the original decision had stood a number of workers could have been exposed to massive penalties and fines similar to that currently being experienced by Australian building industry workers, their families."
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