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Labor and Liberals unite to kill off portable long-service leave hopes

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Labor and Liberals Unite To Kill Off Portable Long-Service Leave Hopes: Bandt

19 July 2014

Deputy Greens Leader and Industry spokesperson Adam Bandt MP and Senator Lee Rhiannon said that Labor and the Liberals have combined to kill off hopes for a national portable long-service leave scheme.

“Labor and the Liberals today united to kill off portable long-service leave, a potential gift to every long-serving Australian employee,” said Mr Bandt.

“Portable long-service leave should be a reward for every Australian employee after many years’ work

“The nature of work has changed and people are less likely to be with one employer for a decade, but people in secure work and on rolling contrast deserve long-service leave too.

“Today the Greens tabled a motion in the Senate requesting the Education and Employment References Committee to set up an inquiry into portable long-service leave.

“Looking in detail at how this scheme could work would have been a significant step in the process of portable long-service leave becoming a workplace right for every Australian employee,” said Mr Bandt.

“Long service leave is a fundamental workplace right - it is incredibly disappointing that the Labor party refused to support or call for an inquiry to work through the details of such a scheme,” said Senator Rhiannon.

“The Greens will continue to push to make portable long-service leave a right for every working Australian,” said Senator Rhiannon

16 June 2014


I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move that:

The Senate -

(1) Refer the matter of portable long service leave to the Education and Employment References Committee for inquiry and to report by the last sitting day in November with consideration given to:

a) the creation of a nationwide portable workplace entitlement scheme for long service leave and any other appropriate entitlements, taking into account;

i) the number of Australian workers in insecure work;

ii) increased workplace mobility and increasingly precarious working conditions; and

iii) other related matters.

b) developing recommendations as to how any such scheme could be paid for and implemented, including:

i) The role of existing portable long service leave schemes operating in some sectors;

ii) how the scheme should be coordinated and by who; and

iii) any other relevant matters.

Senator Lee Rhiannon