01 December 2009

NEWS - Union calls off disability workers' strike over Workplace Bullying

Follow Up from yesterday ...

Strike action at the Disability Service Queensland office in Maryborough has been averted.

Members of the Australian Workers Union (AWU) were due to go on strike for 24 hours last night to protest against a State Government decision to drop an investigation into allegations of workplace bullying.

But a Queensland Industrial Relations Commission hearing yesterday recommended the union drop the action and the commissioner will travel to Maryborough to hold a dispute conference between the parties.

Keith Ballin from the AWU says the investigation should never have been dropped.

"I'm quietly confident that I hope it does show the situation for what it really is," he said.

"How can you have 102 separate issues - on the balance of probability - with no question to answer?

"That to me is a claytons and I think it is a buck pass from the department of disability service when that does happen."

In a statement, the director-general of Disability Service Queensland, Linda Apelt, says the department is working closely with staff and the unions to resolve the concerns.


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