NSW Govt denies WorkChoices ‘blackban’

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NSW Govt denies WorkChoices ‘blackban’

A leading business organisation has accused the NSW Government of planning to blackban employers who use the Federal Government’s WorkChoices IR legislation, but the State Government has denied this.

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A leading business organisation has accused the NSW Government of planning to blackban employers who use the Federal Government’s WorkChoices IR legislation, but the State Government has denied this.

NSW Industrial Relations Minister John Della Bosca said yesterday the NSW Government is changing its procurement policies to ensure that companies which tender for work with the NSW Government ‘treat their employees with the fairness that has been a feature of Australian life for a century’.

ABL claims

Australian Business Limited (ABL) has interpreted this is meaning the State Government will effectively blackban NSW businesses who use the WorkChoices legislation.

‘The proposal seems similar to plans by Newcastle Council to black-ban every business that employed anyone on an AWA. After a public outcry in Newcastle this proposal was dropped,’ said Mark Bethwaite, Chief Executive of ABL.

‘This open ended threat to blackban businesses who are part of WorkChoices is the wrong strategy at a time when the NSW economy is shrinking.

‘Procurement policy should not be used as part of the State Government’s turf war on WorkChoices.’

Bethwaite said business will be taking this matter up with Premier Morris Iemma.

‘If the Premier has a problem with WorkChoices he should take it up with the Federal Government, but to threaten to blackban NSW businesses for using the legislation, is a deep concern to business,’ he said.

Government reaction

Della Bosca said today that ABL’s claim of a ‘blackban’ was wrong.

‘However, it does expose ABL’s belief that WorkChoices is fundamentally unfair to employees,’ he said.

Della Bosca said ABL had interpreted his statement as meaning that anyone using WorkChoices won’t be able to get work in New South Wales.

‘It is revealing that ABL considers that companies using the WorkChoices legislation are, by definition, not being fair to their workers,’ he said.

‘ABL should be far more concerned at Commonwealth Treasury advice that WorkChoices will lower productivity.’

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