AIRC makes 34 new modern awards

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AIRC makes 34 new modern awards

The AIRC has released a new list of 34 Stage 3 modern awards, and has resisted a proposal that it receive further submissions on them because this would ‘seriously compromise’ the award modernisation process.

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The AIRC has released a new list of 34 Stage 3 modern awards, and has resisted a proposal that it receive further submissions on them because this would ‘seriously compromise’ the award modernisation process.
 
It also says it has taken into account any economic impact of the new awards on employers and employees.
 
The new awards cover such areas as airline operations, the aluminium industry, the electrical power industry, the food, beverages and tobacco industry (manufacturing), licensed and registered clubs, the maritime industry, the meat industry, oil and gas, and tourism.
 
In its decision, the AIRC said it had taken into account all of the submissions as to cost and disadvantage.
 
Economic impact
 
‘Any economic impact on an industry flowing from a modern award must be assessed against the totality of the provisions in the award, including the transitional provisions,’ it said.
 
‘We shall announce a process in due course for the inclusion of the model transitional provisions in the Stage 3 modern awards, and any additional provisions which may be required, consistent with the Commission’s 2 September 2009 decision.’
 
The Commission said it had received a proposal, dated 20 August 2009, requesting it to provide an opportunity for parties to modern awards made in the priority stage and Stages 2 and 3 to make further submissions on the significance of the variation to the consolidated request made on 2 May 2009 and item 2(5) of Schedule 5 to the Transitional Act.
 
‘The proposal listed a number of areas for specific consideration,’ it said.
 
‘In view of the timing of this proposal and its potentially broad scope we do not intend to adopt it.'
 
‘It would also require us to seriously compromise the program for the completion of award modernisation.'
 
Applications to vary
 
‘All of the matters raised can be dealt with by one or more applications to vary modern awards.'
 
‘We emphasise, however, that parties have not been restricted in the material to which they can refer in the proceedings to date and all of the submissions, proposals and material which have been advanced as to the contents of modern awards have been taken into account.'
 
‘As we indicated in our statement of 26 June 2009, review or variation of the substantive terms of modern awards should be dealt with by an application to vary.’
 
WorkplaceInfo will provide further information on these new awards over coming days.
 
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