|Issue No 118||02 November 2001|
NSW IR Act Due for Five Year Review
The NSW Government is seeking comment on the state's industrial relations laws as part of its five-year review of the 1996 Act.
The review is a requirement of the Act and is designed to determine whether the policy objectives of the Act remain valid and whether the terms of the Act are appropriate for achieving those objectives.
"The key principle underlying the Act is that collective bargaining is the most effective safeguard against exploitation in the workplace underpinned by a strong award system," NSW Industrial Relations Minister John Della Bosca says.
"The Act places broad responsibilities on the NSW Industrial Relations Commission, as the independent umpire, to resolve industrial disputes.
"This system contrasts sharply with the current federal system whose focus is on individual contracts and an Australian Industrial Relations Commission with very limited powers."
Comments are now sought in relation to the review and should be forwarded to the Department of Industrial Relations by Friday 21 December, 2001.
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