Union of public sector workers first to test new industrial action legislation

Posted July 9, 2012 by Alex Scott

The new laws require workers to be balloted by the Electoral Commission Queensland before protected industrial action can occur.

“Together, we are taking a stand for fairness in collective agreements as well as for the future of public services for Queenslanders,” Together Secretary Alex Scott said today.

“Public sector workers at youth correctional facilities are reserving their legal rights to conduct protected industrial action as and when they see fit.

“There’s a wide range of public servants who are working with juveniles in state care at youth corrections facilities at Brisbane and Townsville and they are entitled to fair wages and conditions like every other Aussie worker.

“These hard working public servants see the worth in helping kids build brighter, better lives and productive futures which is part of the reason why they are determined to take action under these new laws.

“We can see right through the economic lies that the government of the day are trying to use to fool Queenslanders into thinking it’s just fine to slash the public services and put fair wages and conditions to the axe.

“The employer’s Core collective agreement offer deprives workers of a voice in the workplace, strips away conditions and delivers a real wages cut.

“It’s unacceptable, it’s not a fair go, it’s not the Queensland way and we’ll fight to hell and back again for fairness and the future of public services for our communities.”

How the industrial action ballot process works:

  • Under the new legislation, industrial action ballots of workers can only be conducted once a collective agreement has expired.
  • Workers exercise their rights by first asking their union to lodge an application for industrial action with the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission.
  • The QIRC then makes an order for the Queensland Electoral Commission to conduct a ballot of workers employed by the two correctional facilities.
  • If the QIRC ballot is supported by 50 per cent of Together members at both work sites, industrial action may occur within 30 days of a notice being issued by the Electoral Commission Queensland.
 


Authorised Alex Scott, Secretary, Together.
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