Howard’s law sacks Aussie call centre workers

LufthansaImagine yourself working for a unionised company, with an employer based in a country with a very strong labour movement. A good employer, who until now has recognised your union and has bargained collectively over wages and working conditions.

And then, suddenly, the employer takes advantages of new anti-union laws and tells you that your collective agreement is now a thing of the past. You’re on all individual contracts from now on, and — by the way — we’re cutting your pay by up to 15%.

That’s exactly what has happened to 80 call centre workers in Melbourne, Australia employed by a subsidiary of the German airline Lufthansa. In Germany, they probably couldn’t get away with this, but under the viciously right-wing, anti-union Howard government in Australia, they now can. You can, by the way, take action here.

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