IR news: new agreements; new registrar

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IR news: new agreements; new registrar

Opposition Leader Kim Beazley says 75 Canberra cleaners at Defence Department establishments who face losing their jobs because they don't want to sign AWAs would have the opportunity to choose a collective agreement under his Government. Meanwhile the Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews has announced Doug Williams will be the new Australian Industrial Registrar.

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Opposition Leader Kim Beazley says 75 Canberra cleaners at Defence Department establishments who face losing their jobs because they don't want to sign AWAs would have the opportunity to choose a collective agreement under his Government. Meanwhile the Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews has announced Doug Williams will be the new Australian Industrial Registrar.

ACT cleaners jobs safe under collective bargaining, says Beazley

Opposition Leader Kim Beazley says 75 Canberra cleaners at Defence Department establishments who face losing their jobs because they don't want to sign AWAs would have the opportunity to choose a collective agreement under his Government.

Beazley, who met some of the cleaners yesterday, said many had been contracted to the Department of Defence for decades, 'but under John Howard's IR regime they risk losing the conditions they have had for years'.

'These people have made it clear to their employer they want a collective agreement that offers all existing employees a fair wage and job security,' he said. 'These loyal, hard-working Australians and their families deserve the choice of a collective agreement, not an inferior wage-cutting AWA.'

Majority rules

Beazley said that was why he has announced that under a Labor Government, if the majority of people in a workplace want a collective agreement, then they should have it.

'If a majority don't, they shouldn't,' he said. 'That's a fair system for our future, for our kids.

'Collective bargaining achieves higher productivity and wage outcomes than individual contracts. It helps bring balance to the relationship between employees and their employers. It gives our workers and our kids a fair go at the workplace.'

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Civil contractors' chief is new industrial registrar

Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews has announced Doug Williams will be the new Australian Industrial Registrar.

Williams is presently the Chief Executive of the Civil Contractors Federation (National).

The Registrar is responsible for the management of the Australian Industrial Registry (AIR), which plays a central role in providing administrative support to the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC). The AIR also provides assistance to individuals and organisations, including help and advice on applications and procedures in respect to the AIRC.

Williams will assume his new role on 9 October.

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