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Government betrays council staff and ratepayers

News Release

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Government betrays council staff and ratepayers

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The Queensland Government’s betrayal of Queensland’s 77 local governments over the future pay and conditions of council workers risks leaving the state’s industrial relations system in disarray, according to the Local Government Association of Queensland.

The LGAQ has condemned the move to introduce legislation which will neuter the independent Queensland Industrial Relations Commission and take councils back to the bad old days of complicated and unfair multiple industrial awards for local governments.

LGAQ chief executive Greg Hallam said the Government’s action risked permanently tainting the relationship of trust it enjoys with local councils.

“Councils have had a gutful of the Government’s behaviour on this issue. It has spent the past 18 months doing everything it could to reject the independent QIRC’s decisions relating to local government awards,’’ he said.

“Now it wants to sideline the Commission completely and ensure it effectively has no control over the pay and conditions of nearly 40,000 council staff.’’

Mr Hallam said last minute talks with the Government over its plans had failed to prevent the legislation from being introduced into Parliament in its current form despite a commitment from Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace as late as this morning that she would not do so.

“The QIRC has assured itself twice now that no worker will be worse off under the industrial reforms that councils are seeking,’’ he said

“The LGAQ has been conciliatory and professional in its negotiations with the Government and continues to strive toward policy reforms that will give council workers decent, fair and inclusive pay and conditions.’’

“We continue to hope that common sense will eventually prevail.’

Local Government Association of Queensland
LG House, 25 Evelyn Street, Newstead Qld 4006


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