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NSW Liberals and Nationals welcome NSW referral of IR powers

The referral of the NSW Government’s industrial relations powers concerning private, non-incorporated employees to the Federal jurisdiction is welcome news for both NSW employers and employees, NSW Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations Greg Pearce said.

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The referral of the NSW Government’s industrial relations powers concerning private, non-incorporated employees to the Federal jurisdiction is welcome news for both NSW employers and employees, NSW Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations Greg Pearce said.
 
‘After 14 years of Labor Government in NSW, our industrial relations regime is out of step with the rest of Australia and has held back investment and business growth in our State,’ Pearce said.
 
‘The NSW Liberal & Nationals have consistently advocated industrial relations law reform and we have vocally supported national coverage for employees of corporations,’ he said.
 
‘We are on the record criticising the complexity and inconsistencies between existing State systems covering non-corporate employees, it is causing problems for businesses operating across State borders.’
 
‘Tony Abbott and Federal Opposition — last remaining barrier’
 
The passage of the Industrial Relations (Commonwealth Powers) Bill through the NSW Parliament on 1 December, with the support of the State Opposition and minor parties, means that only the Federal Opposition stands in the way of a national industrial relations system said NSW Minister for Industrial Relations John Hatzistergos:
‘That both the state Liberals and the Greens support a government Bill of this magnitude is an indication of the benefits the national system stands to deliver for NSW.
 
Unfortunately, it appears that the Federal Liberal Party under Tony Abbott will seek to put ideology before the people of NSW.
 
The new system will cut red tape for more than 200,000 small businesses and charities in NSW.
 
Employees of the State public service and local government will not move to the national IR system.
 
The Commonwealth and all states except Western Australia will have joint responsibility for the Fair Work system as part of the multilateral intergovernmental agreement (IGA).
 
Importantly, there is a mechanism that guarantees that the voices of NSW employers and workers continue to be heard in the national system.’
 
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