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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 10 Hansard (5 September) . . Page.. 3220 ..

MR WHITECROSS (continuing):

(iv) that the Unions proceed to prioritise their areas of concern and be provided with confirmation of undertakings as to terms and conditions of employment given by the ACT Administration -

Mr Speaker, it gets better -

(v) that the consultation processes include full exchange and provision of information sought -

this is where it really gets good -

(vi) during the course of these discussions, each party should address each other's concerns in a positive and constructive way -

which would be a first for the Carnell Government -

this will include the ACT Administration being prepared to properly consider any viable option that the Unions may wish to put forward as an alternative to or variation of the Administration's intention to proceed with the transfer by 1 January 1997 -

in other words, they should consider these things in a positive way -

(vii) in keeping with the spirit and intent of (vi) above, during the period agreed between the parties for these consultations to occur, no action should be taken by the ACT Administration to make its decision to proceed with the transfer irrevocable.

The commissioner concludes:

The purpose of these recommendations is to give the parties a basis for some reasoned discussions so that legitimate concerns about terms and conditions of employment and job security can be addressed, and to invite the parties to re-commit themselves to the enterprise bargaining agreements -

which Mr De Domenico temporarily forgot about -

that they recently signed. Issues of the kind raised today will best be addressed by the parties operating within the framework of these agreements and applying themselves collectively to seeking solutions.

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