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News Release Hon. Laurie Brereton MP Minister for Transport ♦ Minister for Industrial Relations ER13/95 28 June, 1995

COAL INDUSTRY TRIBUNAL

Next week marks the start of a new era in industrial relations for Australia’s black coal mining industry, the Federal Minister for Industrial Relations, Laurie Brereton, said today.

Legislation to integrate the Coal Industry Tribunal (CIT) into the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) will commence from 1 July, 1995.

“After nearly 50 years o f a specialised industrial relations tribunal, the coal industry will join the industrial relations mainstream,” Mr Brereton said.

Legislation finalised last December after consultations with unions and the industry provides for the abolition o f the CIT and enables the AIRC to deal with all matters previously handled by the tribunal.

“The historic reform, which brings to an end the last o f the specialised industrial tribunals, has been welcomed by coal industry employers and accepted by unions,” the Minister said.

M r Brereton said the move would not have been possible without the efforts o f N ew South Wales Industrial Relations Minister, the Hon Jeff Shaw QC, who was able to progress the necessary complementary legislation through the NSW Parliament.

“The Government believes that the coal industry will now be able to take full advantage o f the provisions of the Industrial Relations Act 1988, in the same way as other industries, in forging enterprise level agreements, for the benefit o f the companies, their employees and the national economy,” M r Brereton said.

Last week M r Brereton announced the appointment o f the Chairman o f the CIT, M r David Duncan, as a Deputy President o f the AIRC.

Media contact: Kate Hannon (06) 277 7320