Unions to have their day in court against Qld Government

Together union secretary Alex Scott.
Together union secretary Alex Scott. Sharyn O'Neill

THE union posing a constitutional challenge against the Queensland Government's job cuts have had their matter fast-tracked through the justice system.

The Court of Appeal removed the case from the realms of the Supreme Court on Thursday morning and put it down for hearing before the full bench of the Court of Appeal in November.

The Australia Workers Union will also have their similar case considered by the Court of Appeal.

The AWU are arguing a breach of the Commonwealth constitution and inconsistencies with the Fair Work Act whereas Together Union is focused on breaches of Queensland and also the Commonwealth constitution.

Justice John Muir asked the unions and the Crown to submit a statement of agreed facts and submissions to make sure "disputed issues" were avoided down the track.

Barrister for Together Union, Michael Stewart, highlighted the immediacy of having the case dealt with sooner rather than later because of the importance the result may have for public servants targeted for redundancy.

Mr Stewart said his client was "hell bent" on getting a determination on the issues.

The case was adjourned until November 19.

Outside of court, Together Union secretary Alex Scott said the court order showed the gravity of their argument.


Topics:  court of appeal employment jobs public service queensland government supreme court together union unions

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