The ACTU campaign against Howard's IR reform has been given a boost by the mining industry. Here's a case of a very well qualified person, sacked for refusing to sign an AWA that required her to give 12 hours notice ahead of taking sick leave or else lose a day's pay and incur a $200 penalty. So much for claiming they have skill shortages!
A full transcript of the ABC 7.30 report item is available here.
The Australian also features the story and quotes the mining employer body, the Australian Mines and Metals Association, as saying the agreement was probably unenforcable.
Newspoll shows support for the Liberal's down to 35%, the worst performance since the October 04 election. Howard's still comfortably ahead of Beazley though.
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