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Workchoices and Occupational Health and Safety
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John - Melb
2007-10-30 13:38:49 UTC
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AWAs an unsafe break for workers
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
last year.

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.
John - Melb
2007-10-30 13:46:30 UTC
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Howard Govt IR laws will hurt workplace health and safety
02 May 2006



The ACTU has called on the Howard Government to repeal the sections of
its new industrial relations laws that ban workplace agreements from
giving workers leave to attend union-provided health and safety
training or meetings.



ACTU Secretary Greg Combet said today:


"Employment Minister Kevin Andrews is wrong to say that health and
safety regulation is wholly a matter for State and Territory
governments.


The Howard Government's new WorkChoices IR laws ban workplace
agreements from mandating that health and safety training can be
provided by a trade union.


Section 8.5 of the WorkChoices IR regulations lists various matters
that are banned or deemed 'prohibited content' in a Collective
Agreement or individual contract (AWA), stating:


A term of a workplace agreement is prohibited content to the extent
that it deals with the following:


(c) employees bound by the agreement receiving leave to attend
training (however described) provided by a trade union;


(d) employees bound by the agreement receiving paid leave to attend
meetings (however described) conducted by or made up of trade union
members;


WorkChoices Regulations: Division 7.1, Subdivision B, Section 8.5


And Section 365 of the WorkChoices law provides that a person who
seeks to include prohibited content in a workplace agreement can be
subject to Government fines and penalties of up to $6,000 for
individuals and $33,000 for unions.


Thousands of Australian workers in almost every industry receive
health and safety training by unions every year.


It is a fact that in the last two years alone, NSW unions have trained
20,000 workers in occupational health and safety with access to the
training specifically provided under the trade union training leave
clauses that are in awards and agreements.


It is essential that Australian workers continue to have access to
health and safety and other training that unions provide.


I call on the Prime Minister to intervene and repeal the ban in the
new WorkChoices legislation on union training in workplace agreements
on union training in workplace agreements," said Mr Combet.

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that's 10,000 workers a year, in NSW alone, who wont receive
Occupational Health and Safety Training because of Workchoices.
Xerxes Berkus
2007-10-30 13:47:15 UTC
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Post by John - Melb
AWAs an unsafe break for workers
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
last year.
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.
430,000 more NESB migrants forced to work in dangerous conditions for a
pittance in our own version of the Mexican cheap labour river crossing the
border .. but who wants to look at the detail when "430,000 jobs" sounds so
much better?

XB
John - Melb
2007-10-30 13:50:39 UTC
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gonesailing_gonefishing
2007-10-31 07:49:27 UTC
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The Guardian 10 May, 2006
Gone under WorkChoices
Anna Pha
The tragic accident at the Beaconsfield gold mine in Tasmania is a
grim reminder to many workers of the serious nature and potential
consequences of the Howard Government's WorkChoices legislation as to
how it affects Occupational Health and Safety in the workplace.
Prove it. No bullshit, no pissant whinging and whining, no ducking and
dodging, simply post the proof.
Roger
2007-10-31 09:37:28 UTC
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Post by gonesailing_gonefishing
The Guardian 10 May, 2006
Gone under WorkChoices
Anna Pha
The tragic accident at the Beaconsfield gold mine in Tasmania is a
grim reminder to many workers of the serious nature and potential
consequences of the Howard Government's WorkChoices legislation as to
how it affects Occupational Health and Safety in the workplace.
Prove it. No bullshit, no pissant whinging and whining, no ducking and
dodging, simply post the proof.
Do the legwwork yourself and look at reported accidents to the variuos State
workercover authorities - you'll see an alarming increase since slavechoices
came into effect. When piece rates are so much a part of slavechoices you
always
see jumps in industrial accidents.
gonesailing_gonefishing
2007-10-31 11:50:15 UTC
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Post by Roger
Post by gonesailing_gonefishing
The Guardian 10 May, 2006
Gone under WorkChoices
Anna Pha
The tragic accident at the Beaconsfield gold mine in Tasmania is a
grim reminder to many workers of the serious nature and potential
consequences of the Howard Government's WorkChoices legislation as to
how it affects Occupational Health and Safety in the workplace.
Prove it. No bullshit, no pissant whinging and whining, no ducking and
dodging, simply post the proof.
Do the legwwork yourself
Take a flying fuck up your boyfriend's arse. The maggot makes the
claim, the maggot can prove his rant.

and look at reported accidents to the variuos State
Post by Roger
workercover authorities - you'll see an alarming increase since slavechoices
came into effect.
You feel brave enough to prove the two are related? Try foreign non-
English speaking "tradesman" who come a from a "fuck the safety, let's
just do the job." Try bosses who were cunts to his Australian workers,
and who have pissed off to greener pastures, ry bosses who treat their
foreign labour even worse than they did the locals, and there's just
one or two things that are the realities, and have nothing to do with
the current government in Canberra.

When piece rates are so much a part of slavechoices you
Post by Roger
always
"Always?" You want to post some proof on that one?

see jumps in industrial accidents.

And while you do, check on who is involved in the "accidents."

Further, remember this - workplace safety is an issue that rests on
EVERYBODIES shoulders, not just those of the boss.
John - Melb
2007-10-31 21:50:05 UTC
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Post by gonesailing_gonefishing
Prove it. No bullshit, no pissant whinging and whining, no ducking and
dodging, simply post the proof.
Read the fucking posts again

"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."

OK, PROVED.

You can fuck off now you obnoxious arsehole
gonesailing_gonefishing
2007-11-01 07:44:40 UTC
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Post by John - Melb
Post by gonesailing_gonefishing
Prove it. No bullshit, no pissant whinging and whining, no ducking and
dodging, simply post the proof.
Read the fucking posts again
"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."
OK, PROVED.
Nope, you have proved sweet fuck all, you mindless union suckhole.
John - Melb
2007-11-01 16:26:33 UTC
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Post by John - Melb
Post by gonesailing_gonefishing
Prove it. No bullshit, no pissant whinging and whining, no ducking and
dodging, simply post the proof.
Read the fucking posts again
"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."
OK, PROVED.
Nope, you have proved sweet fuck all, you mindless union suckhole.-
30% of AWAs checked contained unsafe working conditions, I'd
personally like to see any employer who causes injury or death through
negligence charged with criminal offences.
gonesailing_gonefishing
2007-11-03 05:02:41 UTC
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Post by John - Melb
30% of AWAs checked contained unsafe working conditions, I'd
personally like to see any employer who causes injury or death through
negligence charged with criminal offences.
Already happens, you one-eyed union suckarse.

Just because comrade union head arse fucker doesn't know and doesn't
tell you is no evidence that it doesn't happen.

It's a big wide brown world we live in and, not that you would ever
know, but Melbourne trades hall is NOT the centre of the universe.
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