Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 9 Hansard (23 August) . . Page.. 3316..
(Question No 398)
Mr Wood asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:
In relation to the employment contracts and conditions of Cityscape.
(1) How many contracts with Cityscape are held by the firm Adecco.
(2) Is the Minister able to advise:
(a) . Under what award (s) are Adecco workers employed and where can employees access details of awards.
(b) Are Adecco and/or Cityscape workers employed only on short term contracts or are there opportunities now or in the future for long term secure employment.
(3) Does the ACT Government have a policy in respect of employment of contract workers.
(4) Does the Government understand the difficulties facing workers on short-term contracts on gaining credit, for example housing loans or car purchases.
(5) Is the Government aware that workers may be required to take a weeks leave once a year without pay and if so does the Government support this action.
(6) What procedures exist for workers to approach Adecco about wage and industrial issues without fear of retribution.
(7) What measure of control does the Government have over Adecco in respect of employment conditions and practices.
Mr Smyth: The answer to the member's questions is as follows:
(1) Cityscape has one contract with Adecco for the supply of contract labour. Forty (40) workers are currently supplied under this contract for specific periods of one to twelve months.
(2) (a) Adecco workers are employed under the AWU Miscellaneous Workers (ACT) Award 1998. Adecco workers can access details of this award from the Australian Workers Union, Adecco or the Internet at www.osiris.gov.au
(b) Contract labour is only used for seasonal work and short-term contracts. Permanent Cityscape employees are used for longer-term work.
(3) Because of the diverse nature of the ACT Government services it is appropriate to determine employment of contract workers on a case by case basis. In the CityScape Services context, contract workers are employed to efficiently manage workload peaks and troughs caused by seasonal factors.