Section: Dr Chris Bourke, MLA | Media Releases
Security Industry Portable Leave Scheme Bill IntroducedACT Minister for Industrial Relations Dr Chris Bourke has introduced a Bill today to create a new portable long service leave scheme for the security industry and its workers.
Minister Bourke said the Bill would extend the benefits of existing portable schemes to workers in the security industry, where over 2500 workers provide vital public safety services for our community.
Minister Bourke said the scheme will protect the basic entitlement of each worker to take long service leave in an industry where most workers are engaged by many employers during their career.
Like other industries that already have a portable scheme, the security industry is characterised by short-term employment arrangements and high worker mobility although many workers remain in the industry for long periods of time.
"The scheme would improve workforce retention and allow workers to change jobs without losing their entitlements" he said. "Portable schemes contribute to improved career options for workers and allow flexibility for employers without undermining worker entitlements."
The ACT Government has discussed this proposal with peak employer and worker organisations in the security industry over many months. If the Bill is passed by the Legislative Assembly, the ACT will be the first Australian jurisdiction to have a portable long service leave scheme for the security industry.
The contract cleaning, building and construction and community sectors already have portable long service leave schemes in the ACT.
Date: 29 March 2011
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