Jan 24, 2007

Tristar ordeal far from over

TRISTAR ORDEAL FAR FROM OVER

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE – JULIA GILLARD MP

DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

ANTHONY ALBANESE MP

LABOR MEMBER FOR GRAYNDLER

24 JANUARY 2007

The news that voluntary redundancy for Mr John Beaven, employee of Tristar for 43 years, has been approved is welcomed by Labor.

Mr John Beaven and his family have suffered at the hands of a company devoid of a moral compass.

Labor is deeply concerned that this issue was only resolved today when the company was shamed into doing the right thing.

If it were not for pressure from radio host Alan Jones and various other media, there is a real chance Mr Beaven, his family and the AMWU on his behalf, would still be fighting Tristar for his entitlement.

Unfortunately, for the remaining workers at Tristar this ordeal is far from over. It has been more than 5 months since Labor first raised the plight of Tristar workers in the Parliament. The Howard Government has created an unfair industrial relations system which has stripped Australian employees of protection from unscrupulous employers.

As a result today, the Prime Minister and the Minister for Workplace Relations were left making desperate pleas for the company to abide by a moral obligation to treat workers decently and fairly.

In government, Labor will have a strong independent industrial relations umpire with the powers necessary to fix this kind of dispute.

Labor will continue to fight for the fair and decent treatment of Tristar workers and for all Australian workers.