'Come and meet us Joe', plead State IR Ministers

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'Come and meet us Joe', plead State IR Ministers

Workplace Relations Minister, Joe Hockey, has been criticised for refusing to attend a meeting of State IR Ministers in Sydney today.

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Workplace Relations Minister, Joe Hockey, has been criticised for refusing to attend a meeting of State IR Ministers in Sydney today.

The State Minister are even holding the meeting across the road from his electorate office to make it easier for Hockey to attend.

Hockey has continually refused to convene a meeting of the State IR Ministers, as did his predecessor, Kevin Andrews.

Destructive

NSW Minister for Industrial Relations, John Della Bosca, said Hockey 'is responsible for the single most destructive industrial relations policy this country has ever seen and he won't face up to discuss these important matters'.

'The State and Territory Ministers, including Hockey, are supposed to meet every six months, however he has refused to set a date and it's been 12 months,' he said. 'Industrial relations issues are too important to wait any longer - because Hockey has dragged his feet we have taken the matter into our own hands.'

Damage

Della Bosca said there is no doubt of the damage of the Howard Government's WorkChoices system, especially on those who are the most vulnerable and susceptible to exploitation.

'Despite the millions of taxpayer dollars used by the Commonwealth to sell WorkChoices, more and more independent research is exposing the bare truth - that the Howard Governments laws are hurting working Australian families.'

Della Bosca said the State IR Ministers would discuss how they can achieve a fairer, more balanced system that effectively covers all Australian workers and ensure better protection for vulnerable workers, such as women and those in low-paid occupations.

'The regulatory burden on business, especially small to medium enterprises, is [also] something my colleagues and I want to discuss,' he said.

OHS issues

Della Bosca said the Ministers will cover a number of occupational health and safety and workers compensation issues.

'Importantly, the 2007-2008 Australian Safety and Compensation Council Business Plan is still waiting to be implemented because it needs the approval of the Council Meeting, which Hockey refuses to convene,' he said. 'As a result, the important objectives in the draft plan have all been left in limbo.

'If Joe Hockey would face up to his responsibilities and meet with his State counterparts today then these important issues could be progressed.'

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