The Northern Territory news Sat 31 Jul 2021
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SATURDAY JULY 31 2021 NEWS 13 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA THE Federal Court has ruled against Qantas over the outsourcing of 2000 ground staff, sparking furious celebration by their union, which says the axed baggage handlers, ramp workers and cabin cleaners hope to get their jobs back as soon as possible. The Transport Workers Union challenged the move last year, alleging the national carrier took advantage of the Covid pandemic, and Justice Michael Lee was tasked with determining if there was any prohibited reason for making the decision. The union argued the global health crisis provided a vanishing window of opportunity for Qantas to rid itself of the TWUs influence and the exercise of workplace rights by its members. The perceived financial benefits of outsourcing BID TO TACKLE PARLIAMENT BOYS CLUB THERE must be an overhaul of the misogynistic and dangerous boys club many allege Parliament House is, including making voluntary anti-harassment training mandatory, workplace sexism experts say. Revelations of sexual assault, harassment and other misconduct at federal parliament in recent years has led many to view the workplace as a blatantly unsafe environment for women. As a result, there had been a loss of trust and pride in parliament, and that needed to be fixed, an Australian National University panel said. It is unacceptable that imbalances of power mean women are pressured into silence or quitting their dream jobs because of a lack of accountability or consequences for perpetrators of harassment, violence and discrimination, a submission from the panel read. The panel has drafted a model code of conduct aimed at addressing the issue, proposing clear guidelines for an ideal workplace where everybody is treated with respect and courtesy. The guidelines include unacceptable and inappropriate behaviour being dealt with seriously and independently, with effective sanctions imposed by Parliament House on offenders. Currently any training is voluntary. Tough choice to donate made easier KATHARINE Taylors partner Tim died more than 10 years ago and amongst their grief, the family made a decision to donate his organs. Over a decade later, as part of a national push for DonateLife Week, Ms Taylor is encouraging others to register as organ donors to help save lives. His death was unexpected and the circumstances around his death were both horrendous and extremely stressful, Ms Taylor said. Because we knew that Tim was an organ donor and would have wanted to help as many people as he could we remained committed to the decision to donate his organs. He was able to donate his heart to a 10-year-old girl, his kidneys to two people in their early 20s and his liver to a man in his early 30s. During DonateLife Week (July 25 August 1) Ms Taylor stressed the importance of making sure people register and let the key people in their lives know they had registered. More than a decade on, what I often think about is the four people that Tim helped that night, Ms Taylor said. Each situation involving organ donation will always be extremely tragic, complex and difficult. Ensure that the key people involved in those decisions are aware how strongly you feel about organ donation, this will help reduce the stress on your loved ones. One thousand Territorians are being urged to become organ and tissue donors and join the Australian Organ Donor Register, with only 14 per cent of Territorians currently on the register. Last year, three NT donors saved, or improved, the lives of five recipients giving them a second chance at life. About 18,000 Australians are currently waitlisted for an organ transplant with another 12,000 people across the country currently requiring dialysis. To register, visit donatelife.gov.au NATHANIEL CHAMBERS Katharine Taylor says knowing her partners wishes made it much easier to decide whether to donate his organs. Picture: Supplied (which until the pandemic had not been pursued because of the risk of operational disruption) became for the first time feasible and Qantas seized its perceived opportunity while it lasted, Justice Lee said in his judgment, outlining the unions position. Qantas said it intended to appeal the judgment, which did not order it to reinstate workers or pay compensation or penalties. Qantas defiant after court loss REBECCA LE MAY BECAUSE WE KNEW THAT TIM WAS AN ORGAN DONOR AND WOULD HAVE WANTED TO HELP AS MANY PEOPLE AS HE COULD WE REMAINED COMMITTED TO THE DECISION TO DONATE HIS ORGANS KATHARINE TAYLOR You can book your COVID-19 vaccine at par cipa ng GP Clinics, Respiratory Clinics, Community Pharmacies and at NT COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics. Ge ng vaccinated is the best way to protect you, your family and your community. For more informa on visit coronavirus.nt.gov.au AND BOOK YOUR COVID 19 VACCINE ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVE ARE YOU READY TERRITORIANS? BOOK ONLINE CALL THE HOTLINE coronavirus.nt.gov.au 1800 490 484