Beazley aims for a ‘fair dinkum’ national IR system

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Beazley aims for a ‘fair dinkum’ national IR system

A new Federal Labor Government will work with the States to bring in a ‘fair dinkum’ national IR system, Opposition Leader Kim Beazley has promised.

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A new Federal Labor Government will work with the States to bring in a ‘fair dinkum’ national IR system, Opposition Leader Kim Beazley has promised. Meanwhile, the NSW Govt has asked for a $20 increase in the minimum wage.

Work with the States

In a speech given at Sydney University, Beazley said a national system would not be talked about with any certainty at the moment because the matter is being challenged before the High Court.

‘We don’t know what the High Court is going to say about the federal structure of the industrial relations system and the corporations power in the Constitution,’ he said.

‘We can’t have a final view on this until the High Court has ruled.

‘But I can say this - a fair dinkum national system can only be created if we work with the States through a referral of powers, uniform Commonwealth/State legislation or harmonisation.

‘You don’t build a workable national system by Canberra firing a 2,000 page legal missile at the States and then telling the High Court to sort out the mess.

‘The only sensible way forward is to work with the States and build consensus – and that’s what I will do.’

During the build-up to the passing of the WorkChoices legislation the State Labor Governments complained that they received no briefings on the new laws, despite the fact that Opposition parties were briefed.

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NSW Govt asks for $20 increase in minimum wage

The NSW Government is asking the State Wage Case Full Bench to award a $20 flat pay rise to employees who are covered by the State’s IR system.

The State Government recommendation, to be lodged with the NSW Commission today, would lift the minimum wage to $504.40.

The State Wage Case Full Bench last month rejected a Federal Government bid to delay the case until the Fair Pay Commission makes its first determination, expected in the Spring of this year.


 

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