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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 13 Hansard (4 December) . . Page.. 4395..


Works and Commercial Services - Corporatisation

MR WOOD: My question to Mr De Domenico relates to the transfer of Works and Commercial Services personnel to Totalcare. Minister, I refer to your response to my questions in the recent Estimates Committee hearings when you said, most clearly, that all existing staff numbers would be maintained and that there would be no involuntary redundancies. Further, you said that workers would have the same conditions as they had in DUS. Minister, are workers now being pressured to accept lesser conditions, such as lack of permanency, and are you endeavouring to reduce the number of employees?

MR DE DOMENICO: I thank Mr Wood for his question. Mr Speaker, the Government did make a commitment that all workers would be transferred under the same EBA as now. The Government stands by that commitment.

MR WOOD: I have a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. Could the Minister ensure that those carrying out the negotiations with the Government are fully aware of this statement so that they may see that it is implemented?

MR DE DOMENICO: I will; and I also ask Mr Wood, if he has any examples where that is not happening, to come and see me, and we will make sure that the Government's commitment stands.

Mrs Carnell: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

PERSONAL EXPLANATION

MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a personal statement pursuant to standing order 46.

MR SPEAKER: Proceed.

MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, in question time today I mentioned an advertisement in the Canberra Times. I seek leave to table a copy of that part of the Canberra Times which contains that advertisement.

Leave granted.

MR BERRY: Furthermore, Mr Speaker, this morning Mrs Carnell mentioned, in what was an attempted point of order, that there was some doubt about the issue of jobs which I had mentioned in the course of a speech this morning. There were some mutterings about misleading, which I suppose were directed at me. I wish to make it clear to the Assembly that I am not misleading - - -


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