|Issue No 39||12 November 1999|
Wag the Dog - Bosses Try the Back Door Strip
Hospitality employers are attempting to translate newly stripped-back federal award into the NSW jurisdiction, sparking claims of a backdoor strategy to overthrow the state system.
The Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union says the action is occurring around the Motels, Accommodation and Resorts Award, which was stripped back to the 20 core award conditions by the Australian Industrial Relations Commission in June.
Employers are now trying to have the same provisions from the State Counterpart Award - a move that would result in a number of important and progressive entitlements being removed.
These include restrictions on the use of casuals, delegate noticeboards, trade union training leave, first aid provisions
The state award covers hundred of small operators, particularly rural hotel-motels, where the LHMU says workers need the protection of a strong award.
"This is a technical legal issue, but it could affect a lot of workers," LHMU research officer Aaron Magner says.
The LHMU has asked the Labor Council to look at the issue, concerned it will leave the state system irrelevant.
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