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M i n i s t e r f o r T r a n s p o r t ♦ M i n i s t e r f o r I n d u s t r i a l R e l a t i o n s

News Release Hon. Laurie Brereton MP IR5/95 31 March, 1995

A U STR A LIA -C H IN A SIGN A G R E EM EN T ON IN D U STRIA L R EL A T IO N S

Federal Minister for Industrial Relations, Laurie Brereton and the Chinese Minister for Labour, Li Boyong, yesterday signed a memorandum o f understanding (MOU) on co­ operation in industrial relations between the two countries.

M r Brereton said that the Australian Government welcomed the M OU and was committed to seeing it result in substantive action. The M OU would build on the excellent co-operation in industrial relations between Australia and China over recent

years.

Mr Brereton identified occupational health and safety, training for officials o f the Chinese Labor Ministry in enforcing laws relating to minimum wages and conditions, and training labour relations practitioners on their role in China’s emerging market

economy as areas o f future co-operation.

The M OU identified further possibilities for co-operation in the areas o f labour law and administration, collective bargaining, workplace reform and industrial best practice.

Mr Brereton welcomed Minister Li’s enthusiasm for an Australian role in improving China’s industrial relations system and said that he looked forward to enhanced exchanges between Australia and China as a result o f the MOU and his visit.

In 1988 Worksafe Australia and China signed an M OU which has led to the establishment o f a high level o f contact and co-operation between the two countries on a range o f occupational health and safety issues.

Media contact: Kate Hannon (06) 277 7320