Vic watchdog to probe WorkChoices and hospitality jobs

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Vic watchdog to probe WorkChoices and hospitality jobs

The Victorian Workplace Rights Advocate will inquire into the impact of the federal WorkChoices legislation on workers and employers in the State's retail and hospitality industries.

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The Victorian Workplace Rights Advocate will inquire into the impact of the federal WorkChoices legislation on workers and employers in the State's retail and hospitality industries.

Advocate, Tony Lawrence, said as the first anniversary of WorkChoices is approached 'it is appropriate that my office examines its impact on Victorian workers and employers in a systematic way'.

'It is also fitting that such an inquiry focuses on the retail and hospitality industries,' he said. 'Both industries contain a diverse range of employers, employ a significant number of workers and contribute substantially to the Victorian economy.'

Lawrence said the inquiry would be the first time since the introduction of WorkChoices on March 27 last year that specific industries had been targeted to evaluate the impact of the new national industrial system.

Unfair system

'Proponents of WorkChoices claim that it is a simpler system and the flexibility it allows has been directly responsible for lowering the unemployment rate and for boosting productivity,' Lawrence said. 'Critics on the other hand maintain that it is a fundamentally unbalanced and inherently unfair system.'

Lawrence said his office had become aware of an increasing number of complaints about the WorkChoices system from parents and young people via its Workplace Rights Information Line.

'These complaints, many of which come from the retail and hospitality industries, relate mainly to the loss of entitlements, especially the loss of penalty rates, overtime payments and allowances,' he said. 'It is important that we attempt to get a clearer picture of what is going on to determine whether employers understand the new system and whether people are being treated fairly and paid appropriately.'

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