Gillard 'working hard' on IR transition bill

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Gillard 'working hard' on IR transition bill

Workplace Relations Minister Julia Gillard has confirmed that legislation abolishing AWAs will be presented to Parliament in the first week of sittings beginning on 12 February.

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Workplace Relations Minister Julia Gillard has confirmed that legislation abolishing AWAs will be presented to Parliament in the first week of sittings beginning on 12 February.

Gillard said the Government was working on the drafting of the bill, and ‘doing that in a very consultative way with all the industrial relations stakeholders’.

‘We’ve been working hard on the industrial relations legislation we will bring to Parliament in its very first week,’ she said.

Lost basic conditions

‘That transition bill will end the ability of anybody to make an AWA. Of course these agreements which the Liberal Party brought to this country as part of its industrial relations extremism, allows people to be ripped off, very basic conditions were lost; penalty rates, overtime and the like.

‘The first week of Parliament will see us bring the transition bill to Parliament.’

OHS and workers compensation too

Harmonising OHS and streamlining workers’ compensation are also ‘significant issues’ to be addressed in the first session of Parliament, a briefing to Federal Senators says.

Launching Labor’s workplace safety policy in October 2007, deputy ALP leader Julia Gillard stated that the ALP would impose a temporary moratorium on employers self-insuring under Comcare – this was officially done in December.

The new Labor Government will also seek to harmonise key state and territory regulations across jurisdictions within five years of taking office, including OHS regulation. A national independent and empowered OHS commission will also be created.

The briefing expects these issues to all be raised in the early months of the 42nd Parliament this year.

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