NSW Local Govt workers to be ‘de-corporatised’

News

NSW Local Govt workers to be ‘de-corporatised’

NSW Local Government workers are to be guaranteed protection under the State’s IR laws after Premier Nathan Rees has moved to ‘de-corporatise’ them thus keeping them outside federal IR coverage.

WantToReadMore

Get unlimited access to all of our content.

NSW Local Government workers are to be guaranteed protection under the State’s IR laws after Premier Nathan Rees has moved to ‘de-corporatise’ them thus keeping them outside federal IR coverage.

United Services Union state secretary Ben Kruse said Reese had tabled legislation in Parliament that would prevent council’s being caught up in the existing WorkChoices laws, which apply to corporations.

‘The fact is that under the current system all workers in local government across New South Wales are at risk of having their employment conditions and entitlements stripped,’ Kruse said.

‘Closing the loophole’

‘Premier Rees has proposed legislative changes that will help secure state industrial relations coverage for all workers, closing the loophole that has been threatening jobs.'   

‘His decision to amend the legislation and move to end the confusion over local government workers’ jobs once and for all is a very positive step.’  

Kruse said many workers in local councils, from garbage collectors, librarians to youth workers, may now be able to ‘rest easy’ knowing they are protected by the State IR system safety net.

Secure award rises

He said the legislation would secure award increases for local government workers across New South Wales and ensure local services such as childcare, libraries and aged care services can continue to be delivered to the community.

‘The NSW IR system provides for some of the best employee protections in Australia, and we are confident this is the right decision to ensure local community services can continue to be delivered by workers, who have job security,’ Kruse said.

He said there was still work to be done even if the NSW legislation is passed, and it was also up to the Federal Government to ensure all council workers jobs were protected.

‘The Federal Government now has a responsibility to exclude local councils from the Federal system so that local council workers and their families are fully protected,’ Kruse said.


Related


NSW Govt warns local Councils: 'Don't touch WorkChoices'

Council workers out of national IR system
 

Post details