IR Ministers to meet for first time since 2006

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IR Ministers to meet for first time since 2006

Federal and State industrial relations Ministers will meet for the first time since 2006 on 1 February to discuss Labor’s new IR system.

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Federal and State industrial relations Ministers will meet for the first time since 2006 on 1 February to discuss Labor’s new IR system.

Both former IR Minister Joe Hockey and his predecessor Kevin Andrews refused to call meetings of the Workplace Relations Ministerial Council, despite the controversy surrounding the complex and confusing WorkChoices legislation which was brought in without any consultation with the States.

The State IR Ministers held a meeting in Hockey’s North Sydney electorate last September at a site near his electoral office, but Hockey still refused to attend.

Discuss transition

Federal Workplace Relations Minister Julia Gillard said the meeting, to be held in Melbourne, would be the ‘first formal opportunity to discuss transition to the Rudd Government’s new IR system’.

She criticised Hockey’s refusal to call a meeting of the council ‘despite the eagerness of the states and despite the urgent matters that required a cooperative approach, such as OHS’.

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