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ECONOMICS REFERENCES COMMITTEE--REFERENCE

Order of the day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of Senator

Spindler (see entry no. 17, 24 August 1995).

Senator Spindler, by leave, amended his motion to read as follows:

That the following matters be referred to the Economics References

Committee for inquiry and report:

(1) The extent to which "outworking' and other subcontracting

methods used in the Australian garment industry impose working

conditions on outworkers and their families which do not meet

accepted standards of fairness and equity, particularly with

regard to:

(a) all aspects of remuneration, including piecework rates, hours

of work, leave entitlements and training, as well as

comparison with conditions that apply to on-site garment

makers;

(b) all aspects of working conditions and their occupational

health and safety implications, including delivery times for

orders;

(c) the extent to which children aged under 15 are involved in

outworking and the effect this may have on their education,

health and general well-being;

(d) the extent to which aspects of outworking may result in a

breach of any laws, either by the employer or the outworker

and their family, particularly in relation to employment

conditions and the proper reporting of payments made or

received for work completed; and

(e) contract policies and procedures between retailers,

subcontractors and outworkers and whether these practices run

contrary to any international conventions, for example the

International Labour Organisation.

(2) Steps which could be taken to address any deficiencies identified

in paragraph (1) and any other matter which, in the opinion of the

committee, is relevant to the issue of whether outworkers and

their families are exploited by existing conditions of employment.

Debate ensued.

Question put and passed.