NSW Govt releases Work Choices 'shame file'
THE New South Wales government has released a list of 100 instances
where workers have been sacked or stripped of entitlements during the
first 100 days of the federal government's industrial relations reforms.
Acting NSW Industrial Relations Minister Diane Beamer said the "shame
file" was just the tip of the iceberg of those affected since the
introduction of the Work Choices legislation.
"We've complied this list to demonstrate the real and devastating effect
these laws are having on ordinary hard-working families through out the
community," she said.
The list includes 40 senior teachers at Sydney's Newington College who
were told they must reapply for their jobs and work four more weeks a
year and a Port Macquarie spray painter who was sacked without notice
after 10 years service.
Two full-time workers at a Campbelltown juice bar who were sacked and a
turf worker who lost his job of four years after an five-minute argument
with his manager are also among the 100 cases.
Ms Beamer said many of the examples came from the NSW government's Fair
Go Advisory Service which had taken more than 55,000 calls since the
industrial relations reforms came into effect in late March.