Sunday, December 16, 2012

SENATE COMMITTE TO LOOK AT INSECURE WORK

Below is a cut and paste straight from the website at http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=eet_ctte/public_sector_employees/index.htm

Below I have printed out Information about Inquiry. I encourage all casual teachers to go to the website, read the documentation, and make a submission regarding your experience with insecure work as a casual in the Public Service.

Senate Committees

 
The conditions of employment of state public sector employees and the adequacy of protection of their rights at work as compared with other employees
Information about the Inquiry

On 28 November 2012 the Senate referred the following matter to the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committees for inquiry and report.
(a) the Senate notes, with concern, the recent and growing job losses in state governments around Australia, as well as the difficulties many state public sector employees face in bargaining over wages and conditions; and
(b) the following matter be referred to the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee for inquiry and report by 17 June 2013:
The conditions of employment of state public sector employees and the adequacy of protection of their rights at work as compared with other employees, including:
(i) whether:

(A) the current state government industrial relations legislation provides state public sector workers with less protection and entitlements than workers to whom the Fair Work Act 2009 (the Act) applies,

(B) the removal of components of the long-held principles relating to termination, change and redundancy from state legislation is a breach of obligations under the International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions ratified by Australia,

(C) the rendering unenforceable of elements of existing collective agreements relating to employment security is a breach of the obligations under the ILO conventions ratified by Australia relating to collective bargaining,

(D) the current state government industrial relations frameworks provide protection to workers as required under the ILO conventions ratified by Australia,

(E) state public sector workers face particular difficulties in bargaining under state or federal legislation, and

(F) the Act provides the same protections to state public sector workers as it does to other workers to the extent possible, within the scope of the Commonwealth's legislative powers; and

(ii) noting the scope of states' referrals of power to support the Act, what legislative or regulatory options are available to the Commonwealth to ensure that all Australian workers, including those in state public sectors, have adequate and equal protection of their rights at work.

Submissions should be received by 15 February 2013. The reporting date is 17 June 2013.

The Committee is seeking written submissions from interested individuals and organisations preferably in electronic form submitted online or sent by email to eewr.sen@aph.gov.au as an attached Adobe PDF or MS Word format document. The email must include full postal address and contact details.

Alternatively, written submissions may be sent to:

    Committee Secretary
    Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committees
    PO Box 6100
    Parliament House
    Canberra ACT 2600
    Australia

Notes to help you prepare your submission are available from the website at http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/committee/wit_sub/index.htm. Alternatively, the Committee Secretariat will be able to help you with your inquiries and can be contacted on telephone +61 2 6277 3521 or facsimile +61 2 6277 5706 or by email to eewr.sen@aph.gov.au.

Inquiries from hearing and speech impaired people should be directed to Parliament House TTY number 02 6277 7799. Adobe also provides tools at http://access.adobe.com/ for the blind and visually impaired to access PDF documents. If you require any special arrangements to enable you to participate in the Committee's inquiry, please contact the Committee Secretariat.

Once the Committee accepts your submission, it becomes a confidential Committee document and is protected by Parliamentary Privilege. You must not release your submission without the Committee's permission. If you do, it will not be protected by Parliamentary Privilege. At some stage during the inquiry, the Committee normally makes submissions public and places them on its website. Please indicate if you want your submission to be kept confidential.

For further information, contact:

    Committee Secretary
    Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committees
    PO Box 6100
    Parliament House
    Canberra ACT 2600
    Australia
    Phone:    +61 2 6277 3521
    Fax:    +61 2 6277 5706   
    Email:    eewr.sen@aph.gov.au

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The conditions of employment of state public sector employees and the adequacy of protection of their rights at work as compared with other employees


For further information, contact:
Committee Secretary
Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committees
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Australia

Phone:+61 2 6277 3521
Fax:+61 2 6277 5706
Email:eewr.sen@aph.gov.auh.gov.au


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