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DRY CLEANING (STATE) AWARD
  
Date10/06/2006
Volume361
Part2
Page No.224
DescriptionVIRC - Variation by Industrial Relations Commission
Publication No.C4738
CategoryAward
Award Code 286  
Date Posted10/06/2006

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BEFORE THE INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS COMMISSION

(286)

SERIAL C4738

 

Dry Cleaning (State) Award

 

INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS COMMISSION OF NEW SOUTH WALES

 

Application by Transport Workers' Union of New South Wales, Industrial Organisation of Employees.

 

(No. IRC 1264 of 2006)

 

Before The Honourable Justice Wright, President

14 March 2006

The Honourable Justice Walton, Vice-President

 

The Honourable Mr Deputy President Harrison

 

The Honourable Justice Haylen

 

Commissioner Tabbaa

 

 

VARIATION

 

1.          Insert in numerical order in clause 2, Arrangement, of the award published 30 November 2001 (329.I.G.1111), the following new clause and subject matter:

 

8A.      Secure Employment

 

2.          Insert after clause 8, Types of Employment, the following new clause:

 

8A.  Secure Employment

 

8A.1.   Objective of this Clause

 

The objective of this clause is for the employer to take all reasonable steps to provide its employees with secure employment by maximising the number of permanent positions in the employer’s workforce, in particular by ensuring that casual employees have an opportunity to elect to become full-time or part-time employees.

 

8A.2.   Casual Conversion

 

8A.2.1.             A casual employee engaged by a particular employer on a regular and systematic basis for a sequence of periods of employment under this Award during a calendar period of six months shall thereafter have the right to elect to have his or her ongoing contract of employment converted to permanent full-time employment or part-time employment if the employment is to continue beyond the conversion process prescribed by this subclause.

 

8A.2.2.             Every employer of such a casual employee shall give the employee notice in writing of the provisions of this sub-clause within four weeks of the employee having attained such period of six months. However, the employee retains his or her right of election under this subclause if the employer fails to comply with this notice requirement.

 

8A.2.3.             Any casual employee who has a right to elect under paragraph 8A.2.1, upon receiving notice under paragraph 8A.2.2 or after the expiry of the time for giving such notice, may give four weeks’ notice in writing to the employer that he or she seeks to elect to convert his or her ongoing contract of employment to full-time or part-time employment, and within four weeks of receiving such notice from the employee, the employer shall consent to or refuse the election, but shall not unreasonably so refuse. Where an employer refuses an election to convert, the reasons for doing so shall be fully stated and discussed with the employee concerned, and a genuine attempt shall be made to reach agreement. Any dispute about a refusal of an election to convert an ongoing contract of employment shall be dealt with as far as practicable and with expedition through the disputes settlement procedure.

 

8A.2.4.             Any casual employee who does not, within four weeks of receiving written notice from the employer, elect to convert his or her ongoing contract of employment to full-time employment or part-time employment will be deemed to have elected against any such conversion.

 

8A.2.5.             Once a casual employee has elected to become and been converted to a full-time employee or a part-time employee, the employee may only revert to casual employment by written agreement with the employer.

 

8A.2.6.             If a casual employee has elected to have his or her contract of employment converted to full-time or part-time employment in accordance with paragraph 8A.2.3, the employer and employee shall, in accordance with this paragraph, and subject to paragraph 8A.2.3, discuss and agree upon:

 

(a)        whether the employee will convert to full-time or part-time employment; and

 

(b)       if it is agreed that the employee will become a part-time employee, the number of hours and the pattern of hours that will be worked either consistent with any other part-time employment provisions of this award or pursuant to a  part time work agreement made under Chapter 2, Part 5 of the Industrial Relations Act 1996 (NSW);

 

Provided that an employee who has worked on a full-time basis throughout the period of casual employment has the right to elect to convert his or her contract of employment to full-time employment and an employee who has worked on a part-time basis during the period of casual employment has the right to elect to convert his or her contract of employment to part-time employment, on the basis of the same number of hours and times of work as previously worked, unless other arrangements are agreed between the employer and the employee.

 

8A.2.7.             Following an agreement being reached pursuant to paragraph 8A.2.6, the employee shall convert to full-time or part-time employment. If there is any dispute about the arrangements to apply to an employee converting from casual employment to full-time or part-time employment, it shall be dealt with as far as practicable and with expedition through the disputes settlement procedure.

 

8A.2.8.             An employee must not be engaged and re-engaged, dismissed or replaced in order to avoid any obligation under this subclause.

 

8A.3.   Occupational Health and Safety

 

8A.3.1.             For the purposes of this subclause, the following definitions shall apply:

 

(a)        A "labour hire business" is a business (whether an organisation, business enterprise, company, partnership, co-operative, sole trader, family trust or unit trust, corporation and/or person) which has as its business function, or one of its business functions, to supply staff employed or engaged by it to another employer for the purpose of such staff performing work or services for that other employer.

 

(b)       A "contract business" is a business (whether an organisation, business enterprise, company, partnership, co-operative, sole trader, family trust or unit trust, corporation and/or person) which is contracted by another employer to provide a specified service or services or to produce a specific outcome or result for that other employer which might otherwise have been carried out by that other employer’s own employees.

 

8A.3.2.             Any employer which engages a labour hire business and/or a contract business to perform work wholly or partially on the employer’s premises shall do the following (either directly, or through the agency of the labour hire or contract business):

 

(a)        consult with employees of the labour hire business and/or contract business  regarding the workplace occupational health and safety consultative arrangements;

 

(b)       provide employees of the labour hire business and/or contract business with appropriate occupational health and safety induction training including the appropriate training required for such employees to perform their jobs safely;

 

(c)        provide employees of the labour hire business and/or contract business with appropriate personal protective equipment and/or clothing and all safe work method statements that they would otherwise supply to their own employees; and

 

(d)       ensure employees of the labour hire business and/or contract business are made aware of any risks identified in the workplace and the procedures to control those risks.

 

8A.3.3.             Nothing in this subclause 8A.3 is intended to affect or detract from any obligation or responsibility upon a labour hire business arising under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 or the Workplace Injury Management and Workers Compensation Act 1998.

 

8A.4.   Disputes Regarding the Application of this Clause

 

Where a dispute arises as to the application or implementation of this clause, the matter shall be dealt with pursuant to the disputes settlement procedure of this award.

 

8A.5.   This clause has no application in respect of organisations which are properly registered as Group Training Organisations under the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Act 2001 (or equivalent interstate legislation) and are deemed by the relevant State Training Authority to comply with the national standards for Group Training Organisations established by the ANTA Ministerial Council.

 

3.          This variation shall take effect from 10 March 2006.

 

 

 

F. L. WRIGHT  J, President.

M. J. WALTON  J, Vice-President.

R. W. HARRISON  D.P.

W. R. HAYLEN  J.

I. TABBAA, Commissioner.

 

 

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Printed by the authority of the Industrial Registrar.

 

 

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