On 5 June the Minister for Industrial Relations (the Hon Sophie Cotsis) and the Treasurer (the Hon Daniel Mookhey) announced the establishment of an Industrial Relations Taskforce.
The taskforce will conduct its work with a view to:
Adding a new, more consultative interest based bargaining stream to allow frontline workers and their representatives to engage with Government agencies to identify savings and productivity gains in exchange for pay increases;
Ensuring the Industrial Relations Commission is independent, properly resourced and with real powers to prevent and settle industrial disputes;
Review the scope of the commission to address and resolve work health and safety issues or related workplace matters within the state jurisdiction.
The Government has appointed Anna Booth, former Deputy President of the Fair Work Commission and Roger Boland, former President of the Industrial Relations Commission and judge of the Industrial Court of NSW.