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INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS—STATE PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYEES—EMPLOYMENT CONDITIONS

Senator McEwen, at the request of Senator Moore and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1306—That the Senate calls on the Federal Government to:

 (a) work cooperatively with the states through the Council of Australian Governments and the Australian Council of Trade Unions, in order to get agreement among all states on a minimum standard of entitlements for all workers in all industrial relations jurisdictions across Australia, particularly around reflecting Australia's international obligations in respect of consultation, dispute resolution, general protections, major organisational change and entitlements;

 (b) commence the process of ratifying the International Labor Organization's Collective Bargaining Convention 1981 (No. 154) and Collective Bargaining Recommendation 1981 (No.163); and

 (c) explore options to:

  (i) deal with the growing problem of indirect employment relationships, particularly through labour hire arrangements used by state governments and the Commonwealth, and

  (ii) ensure all Australian workers, including those in state public sector employment, have adequate and equal protections of their rights at work.

Statement by leave: The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Abetz), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.