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The President of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board (ADB), Mr Chris Puplick, has announced his intention to be a very active player in the NSW industrial relations system.

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The President of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board (ADB), Mr Chris Puplick, has announced his intention to be a very active player in the NSW industrial relations system.

"We are now in the game and intend to make our presence felt on behalf of those who have missed out on justice in the workplace," Mr Puplick said.

Mr Puplick reiterated his intentions to be an active player in the IR game at the launch of the Australian Business Chamber’s Workplace Equality Advisory Service. Mr Puplick congratulated the Chamber on an ‘important and exciting venture’, and expressed his hope that people would make effective and extensive use of the Workplace Equality Advisory Service.

During his address Mr Puplick stated his belief that many employers regard the ADB as their ‘very worst nightmare’. Mr Puplick added that this view is not likely to be softened owing to the ADB’s increased powers in the field of industrial relations.

Under the recently commenced NSW Industrial Relations Act 1996, the ADB can intervene in any proceeding, whether it is about awards, enterprise agreements, industrial disputes or industrial matters.

The only fetter on the ADB’s power is that it must first establish that the particular proceeding before the NSW Industrial Relations Commission concerns unlawful discrimination as specified by the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977(NSW).

The ADB’s first move into the world of industrial relations was to make a submission to the recently conducted NSW Enterprise Agreements Test Case. In that submission, the ADB argued that women have been ‘severely’ disadvantaged under enterprise bargaining:

"It is clear that women have been often severely disadvantaged by the recent trend towards enterprise agreements for example. Now they have a new champion to help safeguard their interests and get them the fair deal at work they deserve. The ADB as a new player in the game will be taking a fresh look at issues such as equal remuneration for equal work and it has been given a powerful role in ending a second class deal for so may in the workplace."

 
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