Pay pause bill

Posted April 24th, 2020 by admin and filed in 老域名
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WE ARE continually hearing that the Legislative Council did not pass the government’s pay pause bill, and effectively killed it.

That is not the case.

To clarify, the legislative council neither passed nor rejected this bill.

The bill, still alive, was laid on the table to allow time, if they so chose, for the government and unions to have meaningful dialogue and hopefully reach a resolution without the need for legislation.

During briefings last week the unions indicated they were prepared to work quickly with the government to find a resolution if at all possible.

If at the return ofparliament on October 28, there had been no satisfactory progress or resolution, the intent was to deal with the bill, and either pass, possibly with amendment, or reject.

I disagree that time had run out as the first of the agreements up for review do not occur until December 4, while other agreements don’t have increases due till March or July 2015.

While I accept unions, with the exception of the ANF, may not have approached the government during previous discussions, with possible solutions to the budget woes, that is no reason not to take this final opportunity to seek a successful outcome.

_ ROSEMARY ARMITAGE, MLC,Independent Member for Launceston,Legislative Council.

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