20 April 2018
Today the Liberals and Nationals have announced that a lease has now been signed for premises in Parramatta, for the NSW Industrial Relations Commission to move into from the city.
This is simply moving existing services from one place to another, to hide the fact that during its term in office the Liberals and Nationals have reduced the services the IRC is able to provide to the community and the number of places that it sits.
Labor Leader in the Legislative Council and Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations, Adam Searle MLC today said:
“Since coming to office, the Liberals and Nationals have continuously attacked the independent umpire that has protected working people’s pay and conditions in NSW for over a century.
“It has stripped it of many of its powers including over work place safety, abolished the Industrial Court and removed all the judges from this important institution.
“In addition it has closed the IRC’s office in the Illawarra and will close its Newcastle office in October.
“This move is not about moving the IRC closer to people but to try and hide the fact it now sits in fewer locations and provides less services to the community than it once did.
“Instead of just moving the IRC, the Berejiklian Government should be increasing the number of places it sits so there are more services that more communities can access.”