|Issue No 37||29 October 1999|
Micky Mouse Union Blocked by Commission
Peter Reith's agenda to replace established trade unions with enterprise unions has failed its' first significant test in the Australian Industrial Relations Commission this week.
The AIRC rejected an application to register the Suncorp Metway Queensland Enterprise Union (SMQEU) following a joint submission by the Finance Sector Union and the Australian Services Union.
The SMQEU failed to satisfy the Commission that it was an independent union as defined under the Workplace Relations Act.
The Commission cited the failure of the enterprise union to properly conduct its affairs in accordance with its own rules and the requirements of the Workplace Relations Act. as the key reason for the decision to reject registration.
The SMQEU had also failed to give proper notice of meetings, had failed to hold a properly constituted Annual General Meeting and had failed to conduct a ballot of members within its rules.
FSU National Secretary Tony Beck has called the decision a victory for independent trade unionism.
"Peter Reith's agenda for enterprise unions to replace established trade unions has failed its first significant test," Beck says. "The Commission's decision shows they will see through organisations that are not truly democratic."
"Mickey Mouse unions cannot provide employees with the same professional and independent representation and advice as independent trade unions can," said Mr. Beck
Republic: Yes, It's Time
Opposition leader Kim Beazley invoked the spirit of '72 when he launched the ALP's Republic campaign.
Interview: What Price a Just Republic?
Magistrate Pat O’Shane is far from happy with the republican model. But she still believes a Yes vote is her best chance for genuine constitutional reform.
Economics: Who the EFIC are you?
If you have not heard of Export Credit Agencies, don't be surprised because it seems they're not too interested in letting the public know what they do.
Unions: Old Habits Die Hard
With the release of its blue print [email protected] the ACTU seems to know where it wants to go. But again it has failed to face up to the underlying structural issues preventing it from getting there.
Legal: Second Wave: Reith's Non-Right to Strike
Peter Reith has called his new laws the Workplace relations Amendment (More Jobs Better Pay) Bill 1999. If legislation is to carry these new, colloquial titles then the ‘More Control, Less Freedom’ Bill would be a better title.
International: Wahid’s New Team
Indonesias new government is blemished by Suharto-era appointees but an advance for reform, says Indonesia’s trade unions.
History: They Fought Them on the Airwaves
Radio broadcasts were an important weapon in the long-running struggle for equal pay.
Satire: Revealed: SOCOG Reserving Gold Medals for Tattersalls
The scandal over the secret allotment of premium tickets for the 2000 Olympics escalated today with the news that members of Sydney’s elite Tattersall’s Club will receive Gold Medals without actually competing.
Review: What The Age Wouldn’t Print
Some time before Monday 18 October, Age editor Michael Gawenda saw red and then got out his blue pencil. An article, heavily critical of Robert Manne, written by Overland editor Ian Syson, was pulled by Gawenda.
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