Unions press Page MP for IR answers
By EMMA CORNFORD
CLARENCE Valley union delegates unhappy with proposed Howard Government changes to industrial relations met with Federal Member for Page Ian Causley on Thursday to voice their concerns.
United Services Union (USU) northern regional organiser John Hickson said delegates at the meeting asked Mr Causley to guarantee council employees would not be worse off under the changes. Mr Causley did not make any guarantees, Mr Hickson said.
"Mr Causley told the delegates that nobody would lose anything, but delegates told him that wasn't true because under the changes the awards will be stripped and individual AWAs will be encouraged by the Federal Government," Mr Hickson said.
"We asked him to guarantee that but ... he said it was not his place."
Mr Hickson said concerns for USU members were a severe loss of leave and other entitlements when the changes were introduced.
"They will lose things like carer's leave, long service leave, parental leave and maternal leave," he said.
He said there would be a 10-day Sky television link-up with unions from July 1 to discuss the changes.