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Author Australia. Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.

Title Report of inquiry into a complaint of discrimination in employment and occupation : age discrimination in trade union membership rules / Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.

Published Canberra : Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, 1997.


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 UniM Law  KN 191.2 K1 REPO    AVAILABLE
Physical description 30 pages ; 25 cm.
Series HRC report ; no. 4.
Parliamentary paper / the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia ; no. 429 of 1997.
Parliamentary paper (Australia. Parliament) ; PP no. 429/1997.
HRC report ; no. 4.
Notes "Report to the federal Attorney-General: Age discrimination in trade union membership rules."
Summary The Commission received a complaint under s.31(b) of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986 from Mr Maurice O'Rourke on 29 May 1990. The complainant alleged discrimination by the Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers (AIMPE) on the ground of age. The complainant submitted that a union membership rule that precluded people over the age of 65 from membership of the AIMPE, restricted his ability to continue to work as an engineer on the tugs in Fremantle and constituted discrimination on the ground of age as defined in the Act. Attempts to conciliate the complaint were unsuccessful. The Commission found that the rules of the AIMPE constituted discrimination based on age and recommended that the AIMPE make an apology to Mr O'Rourke, repeal Rule 30 which operates to prevent or restrict employment on the ground of age, and pay Mr O'Rourke compensation for financial loss suffered by reason of the discriminatory conduct. In response to the recommendations the AIMPE advised that they have filed an application in the Australian Industrial Relations Commission on 10 August, for leave to alter the Rules to, inter alia, delete any reference to age vis resignation of union memebrship. The rule change has been rejected by the AIRC and the AIMPE has not pursued the change to date. The AIMPE has not commented on its intentions in relation to the recommendations for an apology to Mr O'Rourke and for the payment of compensation. community h.
Usage Terms Commonwealth of Australia 1997.
Subject Age and employment -- Law and legislation -- Australia.
Discrimination in employment -- Law and legislation -- Australia.
Labor union members -- Law and legislation -- Australia.
ISSN 0727-4181
Standard Number 429/1997