Screwing over your staff begins at home
This is just beautiful - the Workplace Relations minister, Kevin Andrews is facing a revolt within his department because of his department's heavy-handed application of the workplace policies he is now seeking to extend to all Australian employees.
For the past nine months, Mr Andrews's department has been locked in a battle with half its 3000 staff, who are holding out against the Government's preferred course that they sign AWAs.
In Mr Andrews's Department of Employment and Workplace Relations it is official policy that all new staff are only employed on AWAs.
But the department recently told 15 employees in Melbourne that if they wanted to continue working, they would need to sign AWAs.
The staff were even provided with forms that already had the yes box ticked to the question: "I acknowledge my commitment to sign an Australian Workplace Agreement." Division secretary for the Community and Public Sector Union Lisa Newman said the department withdrew the forms only after her union obtained legal advice that the offer constituted duress.
Department staff on fixed-term contracts were also told they would have to sign AWAs if they wanted permanent positions. This condition was also later withdrawn.