NSW Taskforce to look at regulating labour hire

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NSW Taskforce to look at regulating labour hire

The newly-formed NSW Labour Hire Taskforce meets for the first time on 19 June, and will report to IR Minister Jeff Shaw within three months, with suggestions for possible legal reform of the industry.

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The newly-formed NSW Labour Hire Taskforce meets for the first time on 19 June, and will report to IR Minister Jeff Shaw within three months, with suggestions for possible legal reform of the industry.

The Terms of Reference spell out how the Taskforce, to be headed by former ACTU President Jennie George, will investigate non-standard arrangements in the labour hire industry, especially:

  • The employment relationship existing in various jurisdictions between workers, labour hire companies and employers;
  • Whether that relationship should be legally clarified or changed;
  • Whether the OH&S obligations of either the host employer or labour hire firm should be legally clarified or changed;
  • Any legal changes recommended will need to be justified on a cost/benefit basis, and not cause any hardship that might impact on jobs.

The Taskforce will also investigate whether labour hire workers should be operating under the host employer’s conditions, or be subject to special legal instruments regulating their conditions; and look at labour hire workers’ ability to bargain collectively.

The Taskforce is composed of five employer and five union members. Employer groups represented are the Australian Industry Group, Master Builders’ Association, Australian Business Limited, NSW Employers’ Federation, and the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association, as the peak body representing labour hire firms. The State’s union peak body, the Labor Council of NSW, joins the Liquor, Hospitality & Miscellaneous Workers’ Union, the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (construction division), the Australian Workers’ Union and the Electrical Trades Union.

 
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