Queensland to Hold Enquiry Into Work Choices Laws

Industrial Relations Minister Tom Barton said an inquiry into the impact of the federal Government’s Work Choices industrial laws on Queensland workplaces, employees and employers will start Friday 23/06/2006 in Brisbane.

Mr Barton said the inquiry, being carried out by the Queensland Industrial relations Commission, would also travel to regional centres to gather evidence from July to October.

The inquiry will be finalised by 23/12/2006.

“I urge all employees, employers, organisations, community groups and other interested parties to indicate their interest in participating in the inquiry at the earliest opportunity,” Mr Barton said.“This is an important matter that touches on the lives of most working Queenslanders and their families and should not be left to the Federal Government to monitor on its own.

“The Queensland Government wants to know if the reports coming in about unfair dismissals and Spotlight-style attacks on employee pay and conditions are indicative of a wider trend and what that means for Queenslanders" Mr Barton concluded.

22 June, 2006

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