Senate debates

Wednesday, 13 September 2006

MR Barry Hemsworth

3:39 pm

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I move:

That the Senate—
notes that Mr Barry Hemsworth has been the elected union delegate at Botany Cranes in Sydney for the past 10 years;
congratulates Mr Hemsworth on his commitment to ensure the safety of all workers at the site;
condemns the decision by Botany Cranes to sack Mr Hemsworth on the basis of his insistence that employees be properly trained;
condemns the fact that other employees face fines of up to $28 600 each if they attend a meeting to discuss Mr Hemsworth’s sacking on the basis of his insistence that employees are properly trained;
notes that Mr Hemsworth and other employees in similar situations no longer have access to unfair dismissal proceedings if they are in business with fewer than 100 employees; and
calls on the Government to repeal the unfair industrial relations laws that see employees face intimidation, unsafe work practises with no avenues of redress.

Question negatived.