Support National Textile workers
The recent loss of jobs in the Hunter Valley textile factory has highlighted the free reign that employers have to steal workers' entitlements. The Central Committee Executive of the CPA extends its sympathy to the workers and their families who are now in desperate straits, and supports them in their fight to win their full entitlements. Legislation is needed to protect workers' accumulated annual and long service leave, wages, redundancy and other entitlements. These monies are the property of the employees not the company. Legislation must place workers' entitlements in separate, protected funds, quarantined from company assets. In calling for this, we reject the proposed Howard legislation as both entirely inadequate and excusing companies and their directors from their responsibilities. The CPA calls for a Senate inquiry to investigate the bankruptcies of companies which, at least in some cases, are deliberately contrived to rob workers of their entitlements.