Subject: ACTU:Interim Agreement Sees East Timorese
Aviation Workers Return To Work
22 October 2003
Interim Agreement Sees East Timorese Aviation Workers Return To Work
An interim agreement reached between the East Timorese Maritime and
Transport Workers Union (Uniaun Maritima no Transporte Timor Lorosae)
and Timor Aviation Services has resulted in aviation employees ending
their two week strike action.
The agreement facilitated by the East Timorese peak union body the
KSTL with the assistance of the ACTU resolves a number of issues between
the parties and establishes a framework for ongoing discussions for the
finalisation of a collective agreement.
The interim agreement provides for:
- Agreement to finalise a collective agreement within two to three
- Parties to abide by East Timorese Labour Codes.
- An interim pay increase of 12.5% (10% from 1 July 2003 and 2.5%
from 1 November 2003).
- The introduction of transport allowances.
- The introduction of penalty payments.
The agreement also allows for the arbitration of the unfair dismissal
claims by the two Timor Aviation Services employees terminated due to
their alleged refusal to perform work as directed.
The union and the employer are urging the East Timorese Government to
move quickly to finalise the establishment of the Industrial Arbitration
system. It is expected that the case between Sabino Adonia and
Clemintino Pereira will be the first formal industrial arbitration case
under the new system established by the recently adopted Labour Code.
Mr Adonia as the unionís representative signed the agreement on
behalf of all Timor Aviation Servicesí employees. The employees returned
to work on Friday 17 October.
The parties have agreed to work constructively together to finalise a
collective agreement and to do so as a matter of urgency. Harvey World
Flowing from this dispute there have been a number of statements
regarding the Harvey World Travel franchisees in Darwin and Dili. The
directors of these companies are also directors of Timor Aviation
Services. It is recognised that these are separate companies and that
Harvey World Travel is not involved in the dispute with Timor Aviation
Services. Charges against Mr Mick Killick
Australian unionist Mick Killick is vigorously defending charges of
failure to obey a lawful direction, resisting arrest and assault laid by
UN police. Mr Killick was arrested at the Dili airport picket line. Mr
Killick sustained injuries during the arrest and was detained for
several days. Mr Killickís defence team is confident that should the
matter proceed to a full hearing the charges will not be proved.
Contact Details Jeremy Vermeesch Ph: 0408 513 849 Fax: 03 9663 8220
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