Nothing new under the sun says Qld employers' body

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Nothing new under the sun says Qld employers' body

Commerce Queensland has said that this week's state awards review decision in the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission 'doesn't give the unions any new or extra rights'.

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Commerce Queensland has said that this week's state awards review decision in the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission 'doesn't give the unions any new or extra rights'.

 

'The Queensland Council of Unions has made a fuss about nothing this week on the issue of union rights of entry into Queensland workplaces,' according to Peter Ellender, Commerce Queensland's Commercial Services General Manager.

'It is irrelevant whether 10% or 100% of state awards … contain a right of entry provision. Right of entry is part of our state industrial relations laws, which overarch the awards system,' he said.

'We opposed the unnecessary inclusion of such provisions, which are already covered by the Industrial Relations Act, because of the problems and needless cost it would cause. For example, if an award contains the full text of a particular provision it would inevitably become out-of-date while the legislation is changed. This could lead to inadvertent breaches of legislation.'

Commerce Queensland does, however, acknowledge one positive aspect to the decision: 'By including the full text of the provisions in awards, employers don't have to refer to the Act to clarify the processes and responsibilities for employers and employees.'

'These will now be clearly spelt out in all awards, including when an employer has the right to ask a union official to leave the workplace under the right of entry provision.'

Nevertheless, Ellender says Commerce Queensland is unlikely to appeal this week's decision.

 

 

 
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