Reith's call to arms over Vic change process

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Reith's call to arms over Vic change process

One week ahead of the release of a report into changes to Victoria’s industrial relations system, the federal Minister has denounced the reform process.

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One week ahead of the release of a report into changes to Victoria’s industrial relations system, the federal Minister has denounced the reform process.

Workplace Relations Minister Peter Reith told a gathering at Victorian Parliament House late last week that the federal Government boycotted the Taskforce process from the outset because it thought it had a preconceived agenda.

‘We didn’t participate in it. . . because we knew what the outcome would be at the end. . . and we can see from the, sort of, manipulation and the stats and reports that have been put to that committee there’s no doubt the trade union movement here in the State of Victoria would like to have their own Victorian system,’ Mr Reith said.

‘Well, I think we ought to oppose that with every last ounce of our political energy and I am sure that that call will resonate within the Victorian Opposition party and the strength that they have got in the upper house.’

Mr Reith took current Victorian Premier Steve Bracks to task for his silence on the Victorian metal unions’ Campaign 2000 and congratulated former Premier Jeff Kennett for ‘setting up here in the state of Victoria the best industrial relations system in the nation’.

Victorian IR Minister Monica Gould called for the report into the State’s IR system in April. Taskforce chairperson is Professor Ron McCallum and members include representatives from employer groups, unions, and the community sector.

After numerous hearings around the State (see previous story), the Taskforce is expected to hand her its final report on Thursday, with the Minister expected to release it early next week.

The report will then be available on the Taskforce's web page.

 

 

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