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Labor's IR Taskforce to visit Brisbane.



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LABOR’S IR TASKFORCE TO VISIT BRISBANE Wednesday 1st March 2006

Federal Labor's Industrial Relations Taskforce will visit Brisbane on Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th March to conduct hearings into the extreme and unfair industrial relations legislation passed at the end of last year.

The Taskforce, consisting of nine Federal Labor Members and Senators, is travelling the country, listening to people and hearing their concerns. Already hearings have been held in Launceston and Townsville, with many ordinary people getting a chance to have their say.

In Brisbane, representatives from local community groups, organisations and employees will tell of their concerns about the effect of the new WorkChoices Act 2005. The Taskforce will listen to the concerns of locals and take those concerns back to Kim Beazley and the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party.

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.

These new laws override State industrial relations laws without the agreement of the State Government.

Under the new laws, small employers will be forced to incorporate, which can be time consuming and costly. A recent survey revealed that the majority of Australian businesses do not understand the Howard Government's workplace changes. This is despite the Howard Government spending $55m on a propaganda campaign.

The Labor Industrial Relations Taskforce will give the people of Brisbane an opportunity to have their say.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

TASKFORCE CHAIR, BRENDAN O'CONNOR, ON 0407-810087 OR 02-6277-2189