Federal intervention needed to protect Qld workers: Greens

A Greens-initiated parliamentary inquiry will consider how Federal Parliament can step in to protect Queensland public sector workers, said Greens Deputy Leader and employment spokesperson, Adam Bandt.

Responding to a decision today of the Queensland Supreme Court to uphold State laws that stripped protection from public sector workers, Mr Bandt said federal intervention was now necessary.

“State public sector workers should not have fewer rights than their federal counterparts,” Mr Bandt said.

“The Queensland Government’s stripping of basic protections from workplace agreements is a travesty.

“Campbell Newman’s law might not be unconstitutional but it’s certainly unfair.”

“The Greens’ initiated national inquiry will explore how the Federal Government can intervene to ensure state public sector workers have the same protections as their federal counterparts.”

The Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee inquiry into ‘the conditions of employment of state public sector employees and the adequacy of protection of their rights at work as compared with other employees’ will report next year. Submissions to the inquiry are due by 15 February 2013.

14 December 2012

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