Productivity and Labour Relations Minister Yvonne Henderson has commissioned former Chief Commissioner of the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission Bruce Collier to examine the question of resolving disputes relating to union membership.
"Everyone agrees that there is a need to find a workable mechanism which will enable disputes about union membership to be resolved quickly and effectively," Mrs Henderson said.
"We cannot afford the loss of productivity that results from these disputes.
"Employers have indicated that the mechanism suggested by Government is not acceptable. It is now time to examine the range of options open to resolve this problem.
"Clearly, the Act needs to have clear, workable provisions that enable the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission to deal with these matters effectively.
"This is what I have asked Bruce Collier to examine and recommend on."
Mrs Henderson said that Mr Collier would also be asked to examine provisions to resolve disputes relating to union membership in other States, and under Federal law.
"I have also requested that he examine the requirements of International Labour Conventions to which Australia is a signatory.
"I have asked Mr Collier to examine the provisions of the current Act that relate to matters of union membership and to report on:
· Their enforceability;
· The protection they provide to those who seek to use them;
· Access to those who believe they have suffered discrimination as a result of their membership or non-membership of a trade union."
Mr Collier will call for submissions and will give organisations and individuals the opportunity to put their views.