Govt still altering its new IR laws

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Govt still altering its new IR laws

The Federal Government is still tinkering with its new IR legislation only two weeks before it is due to be tabled in Parliament.

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The Federal Government is still tinkering with its new IR legislation only two weeks before it is due to be tabled in Parliament. 

A spokesman for Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews said this week the Government was prepared to listen to ‘sensible suggestions’ regarding greenfield agreements provisions in the legislation. 

Greenfield agreements, whether negotiated with unions or where the employer apparently negotiates with himself to set wages and condition, run only for 12 months after which unions can take protected industrial action for a new agreement. 

Employer groups are now lobbying for a longer period of operation for greenfield agreements.

Advertising working: PM

Speaking on Melbourne radio this week Prime Minister John Howard said he believed the Government’s advertising campaign in support of the IR legislation was ‘doing its job’. 

He said he had had some ‘tracking research’ done on the ads. 

He dismissed suggestions that the TV ads were boring and causing views to turn off channels that were showing them. 

When the interview commented: ‘Well, we are entitled to know, we’re paying for them’, Howard responded: ‘You are entitled to know the general thrust of that’ but refused to go into the details of the research. 

When confronted with the allegation that the ads were a waste of money and ‘high rotation’ propaganda to wear people down, Howard said: ‘We believe the campaign is both appropriate and effective.’ 

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