SA moves to join national IR system

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SA moves to join national IR system

Federal IR Minister Julia Gillard has welcomed South Australian legislation to bring the State under Fair Work Australia, and attacked Western Australia for refusing to join the national IR system.

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Federal IR Minister Julia Gillard has welcomed South Australian legislation to bring the state under Fair Work Australia, and attacked Western Australia for refusing to join the national IR system.
 
The legislation was introduced into the SA Parliament yesterday and Gillard said it ‘marks the next step’ in the creation of a national IR system.
 
‘South Australian businesses will no longer have to deal with complex jurisdictional questions about which system of industrial relations they are operating in,’ Gillard said.
 
Legislative package
 
The Fair Work (Commonwealth Powers) Bill 2009 legislation introduced into the SA Parliament is part of a legislative package referring power to the Commonwealth to facilitate South Australia’s participation in a national system of workplace relations for the private sector from 2010.
 
The introduction of legislation in the South Australian Parliament follows the Victorian Government’s referral in June this year.
 
The Tasmanian Government has confirmed its intention to refer power and the Queensland Government has indicated in-principle support for joining the national workplace relations system.
 
New South Wales has yet to indicate whether it will join the national system and is assessing its situation.
 
However, the Western Australian Government has decided not to refer its remaining industrial relations powers and instead will consider other forms of harmonisation.
 
WA ‘out of step’
 
‘This decision puts Western Australia completely out of step with all other states and territories and prevents Western Australian employers and employees from reaping the benefits of a new national system,’ Gillard said.
 
She said the Federal Government will introduce legislation later this year to give effect to referrals in time for full commencement of the national system on 1 January 2010.
 
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