Queensland inquiry into WorkChoices set to begin

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Queensland inquiry into WorkChoices set to begin

An inquiry into the impact of the WorkChoices industrial laws on Queensland workplaces, employees and employers, will start this Friday in Brisbane.

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An inquiry into the impact of the WorkChoices industrial laws on Queensland workplaces, employees and employers, will start this Friday in Brisbane.

It follows a similar NSW inquiry which began in Sydney on Monday.

Qld Industrial Relations Minister Tom Barton said the inquiry, being carried out by the Qld Industrial Relations Commission, would also travel to regional centres to gather evidence from July to October.

The inquiry will be finalised by 23 December 2006.

'I urge all employees, employers, organisations, community groups and other interested parties to indicate their interest in participating in the inquiry at the earliest opportunity,' Mr Barton said.

'This is an important matter that touches on the lives of most working Queenslanders and their families and should not be left to the Federal Government to monitor on its own.

Wider trend

'The Queensland Government wants to know if the reports coming in about unfair dismissals and Spotlight-style attacks on employee pay and conditions are indicative of a wider trend and what that means for Queenslanders.'

The NSW Upper House inquiry will hold public hearings through June and July, in regional areas as well as Sydney. It has Government, Opposition and cross-bench members.

It has already received submissions from the Office of Industrial Relations, the Public Employment Office, WorkCover and some unions.

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