Early impact of IR changes

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Early impact of IR changes

8/05 The first casualties of the Federal Government’s new IR system are the hotline call centre staff in Sydney hired to explain it, according to the union movement.

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The first casualties of the Federal Government’s new IR system are the hotline call centre staff in Sydney hired to explain it, according to the union movement. Meanwhile Victoria is in a special position to take advantage of the forthcoming changes to IR legislation because it is the only State to have referred its industrial relations powers to the Commonwealth.  

IR call centre workers the first to get the sack 

The first casualties of the Federal Government’s new IR system are the hotline call centre staff in Sydney hired to explain it, according to the union movement. 

UnionsNSW says the entire workforce has been told not to turn up to work this week. 

It says about 50 labour hire workers at the Artarmon call centre, employed on one-week contracts, received the news, last Friday, after getting only a handful of calls during the week.

UnionsNSW says the Sydney centre had not received the traffic anticipated, despite the wall of advertising promoting the number.  

The union website Workers Online said it had called the centre with enquiries about unfair dismissal, penalty rates and unlawful dismissal under the new changes and in all instances was referred to the award inquiry service WageLine.  

WageLine said it could only give advice on current federal awards.  

The Government has set up three call centres (the two others are in Canberra and Melbourne) to deal with questions as part of its multi million dollar tax-payer funded advertising campaign.

UnionsNSW secretary John Robertson said, despite appearances, the Government continued to dodge people’s genuine questions about the reforms.  

It is not known whether the Canberra and Melbourne centres will continue to operate.  

Vics set to benefit best from new IR laws


Victoria is in a special position to take advantage of the forthcoming changes to IR legislation because it is the only State to have referred its industrial relations powers to the Commonwealth.


The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI) says this means that the new federal framework of regulation will apply to all employers and employees in Victoria. ‘It will be more complicated in other States because some elements of the workforce will remain outside federal regulation, while others will be involved in a process of transition from state to federal systems,’ said VECCI General Manager Workplace Relations Policy, David Gregory.


‘It is now expected that a workplace relations bill will be introduced into the Parliament in the last week of October with the intention that legislation be passed by the end of the year. ‘The new framework would then operate from early 2006.’


Briefings

A series of briefings in Melbourne and regional centres will be held for members by VECCI to explain the new legislation.

They will be held at:

  • Geelong Wednesday 16 November 5.30pm

  • Bendigo Thursday 24 November 9.00am

  • Preston Thursday 3 November

  • Dandenong Wednesday 9 November 

  • East Melbourne Tuesday 15 November  

  • Footscray Tuesday 29 November 

  • Wodonga Wednesday 30 November 

  • Traralgon Thursday 1 December 

  • Ballarat Wednesday 7 December

For further information contact David Gregory on email: dgregory@vecci.org.au or ph: (03) 8662 5364.

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Federal IR changes 2005

 

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