News briefs, 17/04/09

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News briefs, 17/04/09

Submissions to Senate inquiry on Fair Work transitional legislation; The mining union says carbon storage could save thousands of jobs; Defence personnel are getting a new pay system

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Submissions to Senate inquiry on Fair Work transitional legislation;The mining union says carbon storage could save thousands of jobs; Defence personnel are getting a new pay system
 
Submissions to Senate inquiry on Fair Work transitional legislation
 
Both employer and union submission to the Senate inquiry into the Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Bill 2009 are following their previously expounded positions.
 
The Ai Group submission warned that the transitional fair work legislation enables the appointment of dedicated industrial judges to the Fair Work Division of the Federal Court and this was a retrograde step that revived the system under the former IR Court, which was not well liked by employers.
 
The ACTU submission argued that the conciliation and arbitration powers should continue to provide the foundation for federal system.
 
 
Carbon storage could save coal mining and jobs
 
The CFMEU says carbon storage initiatives could protect thousands of Australian mining jobs while reducing the risk of dangerous climate change.
 
CFMEU national president Tony Maher has welcomed the Federal Government’s $100 million investment in carbon storage development, saying it was the right step towards reducing dangerous carbon emissions in the coal industry.
 
Maher said thousands of Australian families in communities across the country depend on the coal industry to make a living and are banking on the development of new technologies that could help clean up the sector.
 
Maher said scientific investigation could help safeguard mining jobs into the future.
 
‘Science could hold the key to safeguarding the future of Australia’s mining industry while reducing the dangerous carbon emissions,’ he said.
 
'Australian miners and their families, like most Australians, are concerned about the risk of dangerous climate change but believe that we must put the science ahead of any sort of knee jerk reaction.'
 
‘What people need to recognise is that mining is the lifeblood for thousand of Australian families, and that miners and their families know more than most that tackling climate change and reducing dangerous carbon emissions will be critical for the future of their industry.’
 
 
Armed forces get a pay rise in new system
 
Australian Defence Force (ADF) enlisted personnel have a new pay structure , known as the Graded Other Ranks Pay Structure, known as ‘GORPS’.
 
More than 9000 Navy sailors and warrant officers have received their first salary payment under GORPS today, to be followed in coming weeks by Air Force, Army and Reserve other ranks members.
 
GORPS represents a ten-year, $2.4 billion investment that will see over 37,000 ADF members from the ranks of private to warrant officer in new pay grades based on their skills and experience. It also offers greater reward for promotion.
 
About one-half of the personnel under GORPS will be placed in higher pay grades and receive increased salaries to reflect the capability they provide the ADF.
 
The other half will simply move from the previous structure without a significant increase in pay, while a very small number will have their salaries protected so they do not suffer any loss.
 
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