Govt will force all teachers onto AWAs, says Labor

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Govt will force all teachers onto AWAs, says Labor

The ALP has claimed that a re-elected Howard Government would force all State teachers onto AWAs under WorkChoices by tying future funding to this outcome.

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The ALP has claimed that a re-elected Howard Government would force all State teachers onto AWAs under WorkChoices by tying future funding to this outcome.

And it said the Government would start with the 70 existing schools which will be funded to convert into Australian Technical Colleges.

Labor’s IR spokeswoman, Julia Gillard said existing Australian Technical Colleges, as with universities, are required to offer all staff AWAs.

She said that in October the Liberal Member for Bass, Michael Ferguson was asked on Hobart radio whether employees at ATCs were on AWAs, and said: 'Every one of them. And they love them.'

Gillard said the Australian Technical Colleges website states:

'Section 2.3.2.7 of the Request for Proposal requires that Australian Technical Colleges must offer the option of an Australian Workplace Agreement to all staff under the Workplace Relations Act 1996.'

‘Beyond the 70 schools converted into Australian Technical Colleges, a re-elected Howard/Costello Government would tie funding to all schools, public and private, to WorkChoices and AWAs,’ she said. ‘The Howard Government plans to take their extreme industrial relations laws even further and bring WorkChoices into every school.’

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