NSW Govt calls for submissions to WorkChoices Inquiry

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NSW Govt calls for submissions to WorkChoices Inquiry

Families, businesses, unions and community organisations in NSW have been urged to make a submission to the State Government's Upper House Inquiry into WorkChoices.

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Families, businesses, unions and community organisations in NSW have been urged to make a submission to the State Government's Upper House Inquiry into WorkChoices.

NSW Minister for Industrial Relations, John Della Bosca, said the Inquiry would include public hearings, beginning 19 June, which would look at the impact of the Commonwealth's Work Choices legislation on hardworking NSW families.

'It will ensure the whole community has a chance to be heard - including young workers, families, disadvantaged groups and businesses dealing with the increased compliance costs and red tape of WorkChoices,' Della Bosca said. 'This Inquiry will focus on what is really happening in workplaces and cut through the propaganda and rhetoric from Prime Minister Howard and the federal Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews.

Pressured into agreements

'There is evidence that workers are being pressured into signing agreements which abolish entitlements like penalty rates and overtime, are being threatened with the sack or in fact dismissed.

'We have also heard that employers are struggling to understand the new requirements under Work Choices and cope with the increased administrative costs.'

The State Government has lodged a submission in which it argues that WorkChoices:

  • has weakened the bargaining position of workers, particularly women, young people and trainees
  • will exacerbate the social and economic disadvantages of workers in rural and regional communities
  • will exacerbate the gender pay gap and reduce access to equal pay
  • does not promote a balance between work and family, further disadvantaging workers who also have carer responsibilities
  • is detrimental to workers injured on the job, providing little protection from dismissal
  • has created a confusing, complex, costly and over-regulated environment for employers.

Here are details on the State Government's submission.

Submissions

For further information on the Inquiry, email socialissues@parliament.nsw.gov.au or contact the Committee Secretariat by telephone on 029230 3078.

Submissions can also be lodged online at the NSW Parliament website

Alternatively, written submissions can be addressed to:

The Secretariat
Social Issues Committee
Parliament House
Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000

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