Industrial legislation should not only state its intention to implement international obligations, it should actually do so. Throughout this submission we draw attention to parts of the FW Act that do not meet those obligations where relevant. However, a more fulsome account than the time allowed for this submission has permitted is contained in comments to the ILO as part of its regular survey and reporting cycle, as well as our support for particular complaints. We assume these materials are available to the PC however we can provide copies should this assumption be mistaken.
Australia has ratified 58 of the Conventions of the ILO (41 of which remain in force). This includes seven of the eight fundamental conventions: the Forced Labour Convention 1930 (29), the Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention 1948(87), the Right to organise and collective bargain convention 1949(87), the Equal Remuneration Convention 1951(100), Abolition of Forced Labour Convention 1957(105), Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention 1957(111) and the Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention 1999(182). The Australia has not ratified the Minimum Age Convention 1973 (138)