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Shift Worker Status Update

For those of you who have been affected by the loss of your shift worker status:

We attended the Federal Circuit Court today for the purposes of laying down directions for a hearing on the matter.

It was the longest directions hearing that Iíve ever had the pleasure of attending. It went for over 90 mins and the result was that there would be further exchanges of documents between the parties.

As long-winded as the hearing was, there really was nothing more to report flowing from it. The judge seemed to be fairly reasonable in his deliberations so far and did not obviously favour one side over the other and thatís a great position to be starting from. He has made it clear that he will be ruling on the matter in the future.

We just have to go through the motions, unfortunately.

Unfortunately the timing of such proceedings lies entirely in the hands of the Court and it appears that the hearing will not occur until June, but hopefully we will be able to report back with some good news after that.

Unity is Strength

Owen Doogan
RTBU State Secretary,
Queensland Branch