Union calls — AWAs, Mitsubishi

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Union calls — AWAs, Mitsubishi

Unions are calling on employers to stop forcing staff onto AWAs before the Rudd Labor Government moves to scrap them in Federal Parliament next month. Meanwhile a decline in sales of Mitsubishi’s ‘make or break’ car, the 380, has caused vehicle unions to again question the future of the car maker’s Adelaide operations.

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Unions are calling on employers to stop forcing staff onto AWAs before the Rudd Labor Government moves to scrap them in Federal Parliament next month. Meanwhile a decline in sales of Mitsubishi’s ‘make or break’ car, the 380, has caused vehicle unions to again question the future of the car maker’s Adelaide operations.

ACTU calls on employers to dump AWAs

Unions are calling on employers to stop forcing staff onto AWAs before the Rudd Labor Government moves to scrap them in Federal Parliament next month.

The call follows the Workplace Ombudsman moving to investigate claims that Wollongong University is offering AWA-only jobs in its expanding medical school.

The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) says the AWAs are inferior to the existing collective agreement.

Employment conditions lost

The NTEU says the Wollongong University AWAs run for five years without guaranteed annual pay rises. They also remove significant employment conditions compared to the collective agreement, including some allowances, leave provisions, levels of redundancy pay and, importantly for university staff, protections for academic freedom.

ACTU President Sharan Burrow said Telstra, BHP-Billiton, the Commonwealth Bank and the Federal Government’s own Australian Building and Construction Commission have all been found in recent weeks to be continuing to use AWAs despite the emphatic election result endorsing Labor’s plan to abolish the Coalition’s Work Choices IR laws.

‘The ACTU welcomes the announcement by the Workplace Ombudsman to investigate the University of Wollongong’s use of AWAs,’ Burrow said.

Emphatic election result

‘Despite the emphatic election result employers still don’t seem to be getting the message that Australians have rejected AWAs and want WorkChoices scrapped.

‘It is clearly unethical for employers to push people onto individual contracts when they know AWAs are to banned shortly.

‘AWAs have typically been used by employers to bring down wages and conditions and reduce the rights of their workers. This practice must stop.’

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Union raises more doubts at future of Mitsubishi

A decline in sales of Mitsubishi’s ‘make or break’ car, the 380, has caused vehicle unions to again question the future of the car maker’s Adelaide operations.

A total of 10,942 380s were sold last year, a decline of almost 12% on 2006. This was despite a rise in the sale of Mitsubishi’s imported vehicles.

AMWU representative Colin Fenney said car workers at the Adelaide Clovelly Park plant remain uncertain about the company’s future. The Australian operations are dependent on support from the head office in Japan.

Volatile situation

Fenney said it would be a very volatile situation in the vehicle industry over the next two years.

‘When you walk around the factory there, the workers they’re very unsure about what’s going on down there (at Clovelly Park),’ he said.

‘The reality is: How long can Mitsubishi in South Australia be propped up by the imports?’.’

South Australian political leaders have visited Japan in recent years to win assurances from senior Mitsubishi executives.

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