IR news briefs 8 October 2004


IR news briefs 8 October 2004

A brief look at some of the happenings in the IR world this week.


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A brief look at some of the happenings in the IR world this week.

The election

After six weeks of official electioneering, Australia goes to the polls tomorrow to decide who will run the country. Industrial relations is one of the major points of policy difference between the significant parties.

For a last-minute look at what the major parties IR policies are, please see our updated IR policy table here.  

NSW IR says clubs inspections fair

The NSW Office of Industrial Relations has hit back at claims by Clubs NSW that industrial relations inspectors are unfairly targeting clubs and other venues.

A NSW OIR spokesperson told WorkplaceInfo that inspections for IR compliance were ongoing across NSW including businesses other than clubs such as solicitors, retail outlets, hairdressers and industrial estates. However he did say that there had been evidence of compliance issues in the club industry.

'We do compliance campaigns every month of the year,’ he said. ‘But we do tend to focus more attention on those businesses and industries with higher levels of casuals and non-compliance.’

The spokesperson said that three NSW OIR inspectors would be inspecting around 30 clubs over October, and that inspections were justified.

‘So far, employees of clubs have claimed more than $650,000 in unpaid wages,’ he said. ‘It’s important to have fair and productive workplaces.’

WA nurses' pay deal decision due

Nurses look set to win a pay increase despite the dispute between the WA Government and the Australian Nursing Federation over the new pay deal.

The WA Government has rejected the ANF’s calls for a 50% increase in salary and conditions, but has said that it wants to increase public nursing salaries by 10.5% over three years.

AIRC Deputy President Brendan McCarthy who has been assisting in the negotiations is expected to make a recommendation on the matter today.

Stress can be managed by workplace culture: acirrt

An acirrt report has found that a workplace culture that acknowledges workplace stressors and is committed to intervention is key to successful stress management.

It also found that a strong line management role, well communicated policy and a willingness to experiment with solutions also contribute to reducing stress.

The acirrt report said that national statistics show that an average of eight and a half weeks working time is lost due to mental stress. The study looked at the successful stress management methods used by six organisations across the private and public sector.

To obtain a copy of the report, please email acirrt at


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