|Issue No 62||14 July 2000|
Reith Scheme Short Changes Workers
ACTU President Sharan Burrow has labelled Peter Reith's Employee Entitlements Support Scheme a 'political football' designed by the Minister to short change workers who lose entitlements due to company insolvencies.
"No one believes that Peter Reith has the interests of working people at heart," Burrow says.
"What Mr Reith's scheme is all about is short changing workers and turning their loss into his gain."
Burrow's comments came as Reith presented 50 sacked workers from Fabric Dyeworks with payments under his tax payer funded Employee Entitlements Support Scheme in Melbourne this week.
"Some of these workers have 20 years service with the company. Through no fault of their own they have lost all their accrued entitlements and their superannuation hasn't been paid for two years. Yet under Mr Reith's scheme they will receive an average payment of less than $2,700 each."
"That is simply not fair. Australia needs an employer funded national employee entitlements protection scheme that guarantees that all lost entitlements are paid to all employees in full."
Burrow also says she's disappointed that the Victorian Government had chosen not to make any contribution toward compensating the Fabric Dyeworks employees for their loss.
"Mr Reith's scheme is inadequate and State Governments are right to call for a
properly funded national scheme that protects 100% of entitlements," she says.
"But until such a scheme is in place, State Governments should demonstrate they are serious about this issue and make their own independent contribution to ensure that workers are afforded at least the most basic level of protection."
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