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O’Connor is Shadow Employment Minister | Qld to modernise public sector awards/agreements

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O’Connor is Shadow Employment Minister
 
The new Labor shadow Cabinet includes Brendan O’Connor as the Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten announced today.
 
Labor has retained ‘Workplace Relations’ in the shadow ministry title, missing from the title of the Minister for Employment, Eric Abetz.
 
Other shadow ministers with responsibilities impacting on workplaces include:
  • Chris Bowen MP — Shadow Treasurer
  • Bernie Ripoll MP — Shadow Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation
  • Julie Collins MP — Shadow Minister for Employment Services and Shadow Minister for Regional Development and Local Government
  • Julie Owens MP Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business
  • Sen Claire Moore — Shadow Minister for Women
  • Sen Kim Carr — Shadow Minister for Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Industry



Qld to modernise public sector awards/agreements
 
New legislation to align Queensland’s public sector awards and agreements with the federal system has been introduced into the Queensland Parliament.
 
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said: ‘There are more than 100 industrial awards and agreements covering state government employees, which have created an administrative nightmare, stifled innovation and impeded service delivery.’
 
  • a new safety net for employees
  • fewer, simpler awards with specifications on what matters can or cannot be included
  • streamlined enterprise-bargaining — with certified agreements extended from three to four years’ duration in line with federal modern Awards
  • voluntary individual employment contracts for highly-paid senior employees, defined as those with remuneration exceeding $129,300 pa.
Mr Bleijie said the reforms would make awards easier to understand and set minimum safety net standards for core conditions such as annual leave, sick leave, family leave and long service leave based on existing state and federal provisions.
 
Further information is available on the Public Service Commission website.
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