Monday, June 24, 2024

NSW Industrial Relations Taskforce terms of reference released

The NSW Government has today released the terms of reference for its Industrial Relations Taskforce.

The taskforce will be looking into a more consultative bargaining stream through reform to the Industrial Relations Act 1996. The review aims to identify opportunities for reform that will attract and retain public sector workers, delivering better outcomes in health, education and transport services.

Minister for Industrial Relations, Sophie Cotsis said the release of the terms of reference further emphasise the Government’s commitment to implement a modern and cooperative industrial relations framework.

“This taskforce will help set the framework for a more inclusive, collaborative industrial relations system that this state so desperately needs,” said Minister Cotsis.

“We said we’d fix the recruitment and retention crisis in essential services, and this is a step closer to achieving just that.

“We can’t fix 12 years of wage stagnation and pay caps in a single years pay increase. We were upfront about this before the election.”

The taskforce will also review the powers of the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) in NSW and make recommendations on the current ability of the IRC to resolve industrial disputes.

The taskforce will engage key stakeholders including employer bodies, unions, public sector agencies, local government and the legal profession, to create a new, cooperative interest-based approach overseen by the IRC.

Currently the IRC considers the state economy when awarding pay increases. The taskforce will examine how to consider the finances of the government while supporting efficient service delivery. 

The taskforce will be led by former Deputy President of the Fair Work Commission Anna Booth and former President of the NSW Industrial Relations Commission Roger Boland. It will report back to Cabinet with recommendations.

View the Industrial Relations Taskforce terms of reference.

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