John - Melb
2007-10-30 13:38:49 UTC
April 17, 2007
Figures on Australian Workplace Agreements have revealed widespread
breaches of occupational health and safety law. 30% of all AWAs that
have been examined reveal that workers get no rest breaks during their
scheduled hours of work.
"This is not only harsh and unfair - it is criminal," said Brian Boyd,
Secretary of the Victorian Trades Hall Council.
"Workers are protected by occupational health and safety law. Our
Victorian law says that the employer has to provide a safe system of
work - and that includes decent rest breaks. It's not good for us to
work without any break. We aren't machines and employers shouldn't
treat us as such," said Mr Boyd.
"This is just another example of how harsh and unjust John Howard's
workplace laws are. Howard isn't content with helping employers slash
the family pay packet and time with our families. Now he is
encouraging employers to break health and safety law. Employers think
they can do what they want under Howard's laws, but they are
forgetting that State based OHS laws still call them to account,"
added Mr Boyd.
The VTHC was commenting after The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age
obtained statistics collected by the OEA from a sample of 5250
Australian workplace agreements lodged between April and September
Mr Boyd called on WorkSafe Victoria to prosecute any employer found to
have taken away this safety condition under the Occupational Health
and Safety Act.