Gillard varies award exemption and industry arrangements

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Gillard varies award exemption and industry arrangements

The IR Minister, Julia Gillard, has again modified her request to the AIRC over award modernisation, this time clarifying matters to do with award exemption clauses and industry specific considerations such as 12-hour shifts.

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The IR Minister, Julia Gillard, has again modified her request to the AIRC over award modernisation, this time clarifying matters to do with award exemption clauses and industry specific considerations such as 12-hour shifts.
 
In a letter to AIRC president, Geoffrey Guidice, Gillard said she wishes to amend her request regarding:
  • equal remuneration
  • award exemption cluaes
  • individual flexibility terms
  • industry-specifc considerations
  • supplementation of the NES
  • the exclusion of the NES — redundancy
  • piece worker base rates of pay
  • franchise awards.
On award exemption clauses, Gillard said it is not the intention that modern awards should exempt from the safety net employees other than those expressly listed in the request unless there is a history of such exemptions in the industry.
 
On industry specific considerations, Gillard said that if an industry (such as mining) allows a majority of employees to agree to 12-hour shifts, then the modern award should reflect this.
 
On redundancy, Gillard said the intention of award modernisation is that where specific exemptions from redundancy pay currently apply, these are permitted where the Commission considers this appropriate.
 
The letter also said the government will be making a detailed submission on the transitional arrangements for the modern awards, which are due to come into operation on 1 January 2010.
 
WorkplaceInfo will run articles on the ramifications of these changes later this week.
 
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See the AIRC website for more details.
 
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