NSW Govt urges businesses to ignore WorkChoices

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NSW Govt urges businesses to ignore WorkChoices

The NSW Government has urged businesses in the State to reject the ‘complex and heavy-handed WorkChoices legislation’ and make no changes to their workplace arrangements.

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The NSW Government has urged businesses in the State to reject the ‘complex and heavy-handed WorkChoices legislation’ and make no changes to their workplace arrangements.

The Minister for Industrial Relations, John Della Bosca, said the legislation, which comes into effect from today, will ‘do absolutely nothing to make businesses more profitable and successful. It will result in business-owners drowning in a sea of red tape’

Andrews says 'irresponsible'

Della Bosca last week told local government councils in the State to ignore WorkChoices, provoking Federal Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews to accuse him of irresponsibly urging them to break the law.

‘If a council breaches an award or an agreement under WorkChoices they could be subject to fines and penalties of up to $33,000,’ Andrews said.

‘For Ministers of the Crown such as Della Bosca to urge people to potentially break the law is almost a breach of their Commission. Ministers of the Crown should be urging people and organisations to uphold the law not break it.’

Culture of fairness

Della Bosca today raised the heat in the issue by calling on businesses to ‘maintain a culture of fairness and not act rashly’.

‘In the lead-up to the introduction of the legislation, the NSW Office of Industrial Relations has received a number of complaints from workers about bosses making threats about job security,’ Della Bosca said.

‘Given the legislation is going to challenged in the High Court in early May, it would be advisable for businesses not to introduce any changes as WorkChoices may be overturned.

‘Any move to shift employees into the WorkChoices maze could be premature and expensive.’

Position of business advisory groups

He also questioned the conduct of business advisory groups who had been ‘blindly encouraging businesses to embrace Prime Minister Howard’s workplace agenda’.

‘It is time for these groups to stop acting as proxies for the Federal Government.’ Della Bosca said. ‘They know there are significant problems with the legislation and it is not going to help businesses. They need to start speaking out.'

Della Bosca said the NSW Government would continue to look at all legislative options to protect workers from the excesses of WorkChoices.

Contact

Della Bosca recommended that workers who are dismissed under WorkChoices to immediately contact the State Government’s Fair Go Advisory Service on 13 16 28 or visit www.industrialrelations.nsw.gov.au to get assistance.

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