Greens report says young workers fear IR negotiations

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Greens report says young workers fear IR negotiations

Young people find it difficult to negotiate with their employers, and would rather ‘cave in to unreasonable demands than face their fears’, research by The Australian Greens political party has shown.

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Young people find it difficult to negotiate with their employers, and would rather ‘cave in to unreasonable demands than face their fears’, research by The Australian Greens political party has shown.

The report ‘The impact of proposed industrial relations reforms on young Australians’, was prepared by Dr Richard Denniss, formerly deputy director of The Australian Institute but now an adviser to Greens Leader Dr Bob Brown.

Australian Greens Industrial Relations spokeswoman, Senator Rachel Siewert, said the research includes work with focus groups in Melbourne, Sydney and Goulburn.

Findings

Findings of the report include:

  • It is likely that employers will chose those applicants willing to accept inferior wages and conditions over other applicants. Desperation, rather than qualifications, may be the main determinant of which young people are successful.

  • Many young people are likely to find it harder than other workers to bargain effectively with their employers

  • The substantial increase in part time work among younger Australians, and the remaining high levels of youth unemployment, make is clear that young workers have a more precarious position in the labour market, which will be further undermined by the Government’s proposals.

‘It is now incumbent on the Government to show us how they plan to protect this vulnerable sector of the workforce,’ Senator Siewert said.

The report is available here.

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