Council workers set to fight fairness test

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Council workers set to fight fairness test

Local government workers in NSW will be warned by their union today not to expect the Federal Government's AWA 'fairness test' to protect their rights at work.

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Local government workers in NSW will be warned by their union today not to expect the Federal Government's AWA 'fairness test' to protect their rights at work.

The United Services Union (USU) will target Sutherland Shire Council management, whom they accuse of being 'wooed' by the Howard Government's recent changes to its unfair IR laws.

Five hundred council workers, members of the United Services Union, will demand the council sign a 'protection agreement' guaranteeing their penalty rates, paid overtime, roster stability, equal pay protections and job security.

Seeking 'protection agreements' 

USU General Secretary, Ben Kruse, said Protection Agreements were being sought at all NSW councils.

Kruse warned the Prime Minister's recent changes to his workplace laws do nothing to protect the rights of local government workers.

Can be 'swindled' out of rights

'Workers can still be swindled out of hard-won rights at work under WorkChoices,' he said. 'These laws are fundamentally unfair - the changes announced last week are just a cynical ploy by a deceitful government.

'Our message to Sutherland Shire Council and other councils across NSW is — sign a USU Protection Agreement that would keep workers' rights out of Howard's reach.

'Sutherland Shire Council needs to restore workers' confidence by coming to the negotiating table for an agreement that enshrines workers' rights to fair wages and conditions in a common law deed.'

Recognise NSWIRC

The workers will also call on Council to recognise the power of the NSW Industrial Relations Commission to continue to oversee unfair dismals and industrial disputes. 

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