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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – QUEENSLAND PUBLIC SECTOR DOCTORS – HAVE YOUR
On 7 May 2015 the
Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, the Honourable Curtis
Pitt introduced the Industrial
Relations (Restoring Fairness) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill
to the Queensland Parliament.
Through this Bill
the Palaszczuk Government is attempting to reverse some of the
worst aspects of the former Newman Government’s industrial laws.
good about the Bill?
The Bill proposes
- remove the “non-allowable provisions”
introduced by the LNP which prevented future industrial
instruments from containing provisions about vital issues such
- Right of Private Practice;
- employment security;
- consultation with unions regarding
- training arrangements;
- workload management; and
- workforce planning;
- restore union rights of entry to inspect
time and wage records; and
- return the Queensland Industrial Relations
Commission as a “layperson’s tribunal”.
good about the Bill?
The most striking
omission from the Bill is its failure to reverse the High
Income Guarantee Contracts (HIGC) provisions introduced by the
former LNP government in 2013.
- forced senior doctors out of collective
bargaining and onto the Senior Medical Officer Contracts of
- stripped senior doctors of their protection
to have the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission
conciliate and arbitrate matters of unfair dismissal.
Although some of
senior doctors’ concerns were able to be addressed during
negotiations at that time, a great many remain unresolved under the
existing HIGC framework. The only lasting solution will be to
return to a true collective negotiation framework for senior
doctors and abolish the HIGC provisions.
The Bill is
currently before the Finance and Administration Committee (Committee),
which must report back to parliament by 1 June 2015. The
Committee has invited submissions by 4:00pm on Monday 18 May
- support the removal of the non-allowable
- support the return of rights of entry for
- demand that the Bill be redrafted to
reverse the mandatory aspects High Income Guarantee Contracts
provisions, thereby allowing senior doctors to have access to
collective bargaining and to employment protections such as
access to the QIRC in circumstances of unfair dismissal; and
- support the quick passage of the Bill (if
amended as required above) through Parliament so that both
junior and senior doctors can have some certainty around their
future industrial instruments and rights. This is
particularly important given the imminence of the Nominal
Expiry Date for MOCA3.
every member to make a submission to the Committee regarding the
Bill. This is your chance to ensure that all MPs understand
the impact of the loss of rights on salaried doctors and why things
need to change.
Please see the
“other information” section below for assistance with making a
submission. Alternatively, if you prefer to provide feedback
to ASMOFQ, please send an email to email@example.com.
For a Template
Submission, click here.
about this Bill, see: http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-committees/committees/FAC/inquiries/current-inquiries/B3-IndustRelationsOLAB
about making submissions to Parliamentary Committees,