Gaoled for Breaching the Award: Appendix 6-7
Barry Hammonds and Graeme Haycroft
Source: The Grazier December 1993 - 7
AWU prosecutions against UGA Registered Shearing Contractor
Barry Hammonds of Charleville have been dismissed by
the Charleville Industrial Magistrate.
In a reserved decision handed down on 9 December 1992
the Industrial Magistrate held the AWU had failed to
prove that requests by one of its Organisers for access
to Barry's employee records were made during his hours
of business and were made at his place of business.
The prosecution was promoted by a visit by the AWU
to an Aramac property where he had a team working on
a Sunday in May of this year.
The Court action is a typical example of the AWU's
policy of pursuing petty Award breaches at a time when
there is a need for mutual co-operation by all involved
in the shearing industry, not the increased confrontation
being prompted by the union.
Following the hearing on 3 December a meeting of graziers
chaired by UGA Vice-President Marcus Arthur was held
in Charleville to discuss the Troubleshooters contract
system. It was resolved that the system be supported,
with the AGU's support remaining qualified by the outcome
of possible litigation as the legal questions are still
being considered by the Crown Law Office.