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Labor to give WA a say on IR.



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Labor to give WA a say on IR

MEDIA RELEASE 15 March 2006

Federal Labor’s Industrial Relations Taskforce is in Perth today Wednesday 15th March and tomorrow Thursday 16th March conducting hearings into the extreme and unfair industrial relations legislation passed at the end of last year.

The Taskforce is travelling the country listening to people’s concerns about the new laws. Already the Taskforce has been to Tasmania, Queensland and the Northern Territory. The Taskforce will report its findings to Kim Beazley later in the year.

In Perth, the Taskforce will hear from representatives from WACOSS, trade unions, the state government and other community organisations. Unlike the Senate Committee, which met for only five days and never left Canberra, the Taskforce will give the people of Western Australia a chance to have their say about these extreme laws.

The Howard Government has passed laws that attack workers' employment conditions and remove protections, such as the right to challenge an unfair dismissal. The laws provide all power to the employer to remove conditions of employment such as penalty rates, overtime rates and shift loading and force workers onto individual contracts.

Hearings are being held:

Wednesday 15th March

Guildford Town Hall

Thursday 16th March

Dumas House,

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Thursday 16th March

Dumas House, 2 Havelock St, Perth