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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 4 Hansard (1 April) . . Page.. 1658..


programs and targets set out in the Next Step in the No Waste Strategy. Treatment options for specific waste streams were not considered.

(4) The Department of Urban Services is currently finalising a submission on the outcome of the review and developing the "Turning Waste into Resources"- No Waste Strategy Action Plan, which I will take to Cabinet shortly to obtain approval for programs and funding for continuing implementation of the No Waste Policy. I look forward to making further announcements regarding future programs.

ACTION-driver roster system

(Question No 1361)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice:

In relation to ACTION's roster system:

(1) Have any bus drivers recently taken action in court against ACTION buses regarding flexibility of work rosters

(2) If so, what are the implications of the court case on the way ACTION buses now structures its roster system

(3) If not, have there been any changes to the roster system at ACTION

(4) What is meant by the term "seniority"within ACTION and in relation to the roster system

(5) Is there any concern currently among ACTION bus drivers regarding changes to the rostering system

(6) Are you aware of any possibility of industrial action on the part of ACTION bus drivers relating to (a) the rostering system and (b) any other matters.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's questions is as follows:

(1) Yes. An ACTION driver has undertaken action in the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) to have the arrangements for the allocation of shifts changed. Central to the complaint is the use of driver seniority in terms of shift allocation. It is alleged that the seniority system operates without reference to family friendly considerations, thus potentially discriminating on the grounds of age and status as a parent or primary carer.

(2) At an AIRC conference with the Authority and the TWU, Commissioner Deegan stated that allocating shifts based only on seniority was deemed to be discriminatory either directly or indirectly under the anti discrimination legislation. ACTION Authority and TWU representatives are presently working together to develop a new set of Shift Allocation Principles that can be included in the new EBA. The current system of allocating shifts based on seniority will need to be modified to ensure that it is not directly or indirectly discriminatory.

(3) N/A


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