WorkChoices' 100 day 'shame file'

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WorkChoices' 100 day 'shame file'

The NSW Government has marked the first 100 days of the WorkChoices legislation by releasing a 'shame file' of 100 examples of people sacked or stripped of entitlements since the introduction of the new federal IR laws.

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The NSW Government has marked the first 100 days of the WorkChoices legislation by releasing a 'shame file' of 100 examples of people sacked or stripped of entitlements since the introduction of the new federal IR laws.

Calls to advisory service

Acting NSW Industrial Relations Minister, Diane Beamer, said many of the examples came from the State Government's Fair Go Advisory Service which had taken more than 55,000 calls since the laws came into effect on 27 March.

'This is just the tip of the iceberg, but we've compiled this list to demonstrate the real and devastating effect these laws are having on ordinary hard-working families throughout the community,' Beamer said. 'A number of those calling our advice line have been sacked without notice or explanation, and many more were facing the sack if they complained about AWAs to their employers that stripped away basic award conditions.'

Examples

Among the cases cited by Beamer:

  • a Port Macquarie spray painter, sacked by his employer of 10 years without notice or reason
  • an apprentice at a Wollongong café, told that penalty rates would no longer be paid
  • a bar worker from Cobar, sacked without reason after 3 years, now trying to recover redundancy entitlements
  • 30 employees of a Broken Hill aged care facility, threatened with the sack if they did not sign AWAs that removed penalties worth around $200 a week
  • a Lithgow meat worker, sacked after an injury at work
  • a permanent employee at a club was offered an AWA with an annual salary of $38,000 for a 40 hour week. Under the agreement there was no provision for overtime payments, penalty rates, sick leave or public holidays
  • a 16 year old casual waitress was informed by employer that all staff would be moved to AWAs and they would no longer be able to access penalty rates or loadings

'These are just some of the thousands of hard-working individuals and families who are now suffering as a result of laws that allow employees to be exploited,' Beamer said.

Beamer said any workers who feels they've been 'ripped off' or sacked unfairly should call the Fair Go Advisory Service for help on 131 628.

Details

The 'Shame File' should be available on an official NSW Government site.

Here are the instances noted in the 'Shame File'.

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