New Tas laws to protect workers’ entitlements

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New Tas laws to protect workers’ entitlements

The Tasmanian State Government yesterday introduced legislation establishing a safety net of minimum conditions of employment for Tasmanian workers as a protection against the new federal IR laws.

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The Tasmanian State Government yesterday introduced legislation establishing a safety net of minimum conditions of employment for Tasmanian workers as a protection against the new federal IR laws. Meanwhile, the SA Govt has a new anti-WorkChoices website.   

The Tasmanian Bill

The Industrial Relations Amendment (Fair Conditions) Bill 2005, provides a standard ordinary working week of 38 hours, a minimum of four weeks annual leave, a minimum of 10 days personal leave per year, an unpaid meal break of at least 30 minutes after five hours work and unpaid parental leave of 52 weeks after 12 months continuous service.  

It also provides for a minimum period of notice to be given if employment is terminated on account of redundancy, and minimum redundancy entitlements.  

Industrial Relations Minister Judy Jackson said the Tasmanian Industrial Commission will now be required to meet annually and set a ‘Tasmanian minimum wage’ that applies to all workers within the Tasmanian industrial relations system, not just those covered by awards.

‘The legislation introduces a no disadvantage test for both industrial agreements and enterprise agreements which will help prevent employees from being ripped off during workplace bargaining or by agreements in which they have no say or choice,’ she said.  

‘It also introduces a requirement for employers to provide their employees with a written pay advice for each period which will commence in July 2006.  

‘The bill also clarifies a 2001 amendment to ensure all employees have access to a remedy through the Tasmanian Industrial Commission if they are unfairly dismissed.’  

Purpose of Bill

Jackson said the aim was to protect basic employment conditions by ensuring they were guaranteed by law and could not be removed or undercut.

‘This legislation is in stark contrast to the Howard Government’s  changes which are about wrecking a fair system and replacing it with a system that is unfair, unreasonable and unjustified,’ she said.  

Details

The Bill can be found on the Tasmanian Parliament website.

The legislation will be debated this week.

SA Government launches anti-WorkChoices website 

Meanwhile the South Australian Government has launched a new website which encourages the public to email Federal Government MPs in protest at the Work Choices IR laws and the takeover of the SA IR system.

In launching the site, Premier Mike Rann said the latest figures show South Australia lost just six working days per thousand employees to industrial disputes in the last financial year compared to 23 in 2003/04. 

‘Our work laws are tried and tested and they are delivering a better future for South Australia,’ he said. 

‘In Victoria, where federal awards apply, we see about nine times more industrial disputes than here – and that’s what John Howard wants to force on South Australians.’

Link

The website can be found here.

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