Tuesday, August 28, 2007

AWAs up in the air

Current political wisdom has it that the West loves Australian Workplace Agreements. Some of the pilots who fly in the mining workers might not agree. A proposed strike at National Jets System centres on the operation of AWA's.
According to The Australian yesterday:

An NJS pilot who addressed yesterday's meeting said many of the airline's pilots had been forced to sign Australian Workplace Agreements to gain upgrades and NJS had not honoured those agreements.

This is the second time this year that the Kalgoorlie electorate has seen conflict over AWA's. In June, as the ABC reported:
The Federal Government has referred to the workplace watchdog BHP Billiton workers' concerns about Australian Workplace Agreements (AWA).

More than 200 workers at the company's Mount Newman mine in Western Australia have signed a petition, saying they work in an environment of intimidation and fear the possibility of a serious accident.

The story has fallen off the radars today but then problems with AWAs are not going away. Ironically many of the workers on AWAs in Kalgoorlie do not live in the electorate and vote elsewhere.

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