|Issue No 62||14 July 2000|
New Wages Scam - Sink Company to Avoid Pay
A doctors' surgery has deregistered itself in the middle of proceedings for under-payment of its workers, raising fears of new legal loopholes to help employers avoid meeting their responsibilities.
The Australian Services Union says the move was pulled as a case for non-payment of entitlements was part-heard before the NSW Industrial Relations Commission.
ASU legal officer Alistair McDonald says the action was in support of two administrative assistants who were owed a total of $5,000. When the company de-registered the unionw as advised its only option was to seek a court order for re-registration.
The union has now been told that if it wants the matter to proceed it has to come up with $15000, a filing fee before the Supreme Court would consider re-registering the company.
McDonald says the move appears calculated to avoid the action, as the surgery is still doing business.
"There is no penalty to stop companies deregistering themselves to stop claims by unions for under payment," he says.
"Perhaps its time we looked at a political response to this issue."
Interview: Fair Trader
AMWU boss Doug Cameron is gearing for a showdown with the ALP over their free trade agenda. But what's he really on about?
Politics: Free Trader
Trade Minister Peter Cook states his case for coninuting trade liberalisation and why the 'fair trade' agenda is against the interests of Australian workers.
History: Organising - Fifties Style
What do the new wave of organisers do? Pretty much the same hard slog that Audrey Petrie did in the 1950s around Sydney for the Hotel, Club and Restaurant Union (HCRU).
Unions: The Whistleblower
A lone Chinese seafarer is fighting to stop a Panamanian flagged vessel from dumping toxic waste into Australian waters
International: Jakarta Breakthrough
Indonesian workers have just won a new historic bill of rights which gaurantees them legal protections when they form unions.
Solidarity: Rio Versus the Rest of the World
Union members around the world have taken part in a week of international action against the mining giant Rio Tinto. Andrew Casey looks at all the hot spots.
Satire: Amnesty Branch Targets Lazy Letter Writer
Police are investigating claims that the Glebe branch of Amnesty International has captured and tortured a member whose tardiness in letter writing had become renowned.
Review: Little by Little
Clinton Walker's groundbreaking book, CD and video charts the careers of indigenous artists like the legendary Jimmy Little.
View entire latest issue
© 1999-2000 Labor Council of NSW
LaborNET is a resource for the labour movement provided by the Labor Council of NSWURL: http://workers.labor.net.au/62/news8_clerks.html
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2005