AIRC's Boulton heads to the ILO

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AIRC's Boulton heads to the ILO

Less than a week after the Federal Government announced six new appointments to the Australian Industrial Relations Commission, a senior member is leaving for a two-year stint with the International Labour Organisation.

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Less than a week after the Federal Government announced six new appointments to the Australian Industrial Relations Commission, a senior member is leaving for a two-year stint with the International Labour Organisation.

 

Senior Deputy President Justice Alan Boulton will move to Jakarta to become director of the ILO in Indonesia from 15 October.

Boulton, who worked with the Australian Council of Trade Unions before his 1986 appointment to the AIRC, will be responsible for projects on:

  • Industrial relations;
  • The implementation of new labour laws;
  • The elimination of child labour;
  • Restructuring the social security system;
  • Workers' education.

The ILO in Indonesia is also involved in the promotion of international labour standards and work relating to human rights, employment growth, equal opportunity and work safety.

Justice Boulton said his appointment was a great honour and privilege, considering he was an Australian going to head a UN agency. 'It is also a particularly important time to be working in Indonesia, given the enormous changes taking place and the progress made in recent years with democratic, economic and social reforms,' he said.

Justice Boulton has been involved in numerous ILO programs in south-east Asia recently, including a nine-month stint in 1998-99 as senior specialist in international labour standards and labour law, based in Manila.

While in Jakarta he will have responsibility for relations with the Indonesian Government and also at the country level with other UN agencies, international financial institutions and embassies of donor countries.

He remains a member of the AIRC, but will take two years leave without pay.

Only last Friday, in a much-criticised move, federal Workplace Relations Minister Tony Abbott made six new appointments to the AIRC, partly to cover leaves of absence like Justice Boulton's (see 240/2001).

 


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