AWA fairness test just 'lipstick on a pig', says NSW Govt

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AWA fairness test just 'lipstick on a pig', says NSW Govt

The Howard Government's new 'fairness test' for AWAs is nothing more than 'lipstick on a pig', according to NSW IR Minister, John Della Bosca.

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The Howard Government's new 'fairness test' for AWAs is nothing more than 'lipstick on a pig', according to NSW IR Minister, John Della Bosca.

Della Bosca said the changes will do nothing to protect workers from unscrupulous employers.

He said the Work Choices system still lacked an independent umpire that could provide fair, inexpensive and fast workplace justice when disputes and disagreements arose.

'Electorate won't be fooled'

'The electorate will not be fooled,' Della Bosca said. 'The fact is that if a dispute like Tristar arose today, the changes Mr Howard has put in place would not protect the workers and would not guarantee they received their entitlements.'

Della Bosca said the AIRC 'remains toothless as a result of the powers that have been stripped away from it under WorkChoices - there remains no independent umpire to enforce a no disadvantage test'.

'Families seeking justice will still have to resort to a costly legal process through the courts that most workers simply cannot afford,' he said.

Test not backed up by resources

Della Bosca said the 'fairness test' is not backed up by any additional resources for enforcement.

'Unscrupulous businesses that were exploiting workers before these changes will continue to do so,' he said.

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