Advice for NSW rural employers

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Advice for NSW rural employers

The NSW Government is setting up a program to explain to rural employers their workplace rights and obligations.

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The NSW Government is setting up a program to explain to rural employers their workplace rights and obligations.

Industrial Relations Minister John Della Bosca told Parliament this week the Working on the Land initiative would provide industry-specific support and assistance to meet the needs of rural business operators and rural employees. He said the Office of Industrial Relations inspectors will be speaking to farmers and growers throughout the State, offering information and advice.

Della Bosca said much of the rural work force is employed on a casual and itinerant basis.

‘It is important that workers in those industries receive their correct entitlements and fairness,’ he said. ‘In the 2005-06 financial year, the Office of Industrial Relations inspectors detected wage and entitlement underpayment by more than 1,000 rural and regional businesses and their actions resulted in the recovery of more than $1.3 million in back pay for rural workers.’

One-stop access point

Della Bosca said the Working on the Land website will support the work of the inspectors and provide a one-stop access point for information.

‘As well, through the Working on the Land telephone advisory service, rural employers and employees will be able to speak to an Office of Industrial Relations advisory officer, or leave a request for a call-back response at a specific time to suit them,’ he said.

He said the website will also provide access to information with respect to specific rural awards, however he did not give an email address for the site, which does not yet seem to be operating.

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