State government set to restore fairness for QLD workers
In a move to counteract the damage done to the state’s industrial relations laws by the previous government, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations Curtis Pitt recently introduced legislation into Parliament to bring fairness and security back to the workplace for Queensland employees.
Mr Curtis said the former government had stripped away vital safeguards and conditions from Queensland’s public sector workers, reduced job security and created a climate of uncertainty in workplaces throughout the State.
“They fundamentally altered the framework of negotiations to remove enterprise bargaining as the core of our system,” he said.
“They made it harder – near impossible – to bargain in good faith to maintain or expand many of the features of existing enterprise bargaining agreements.
He said the current government’s reforms would ensure the hard fought and won working rights of Queenslanders lost under the previous government were returned.
Mr Pitt said the reforms contained in the Industrial Relations (Restoring Fairness) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 included:
• Restoring immediate right of entry provisions for WHS permit holders where there are suspected safety concerns.
• Restoring the independence of the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission.
• Returning Labour Day to May from 2016.