Democrats’ six concerns with ir bill

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Democrats’ six concerns with ir bill

The Democrats have six fundamental concerns with the federal Government’s Workplace Relations Bill 1996.

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The Democrats have six fundamental concerns with the federal Government’s Workplace Relations Bill 1996.

The Democrats are concerned with the following aspects of the Bill:

  1. the failure of the Bill to take account of overaward pay when calculating minimum award rates;
  2. the forcing of many formerly State covered workers back to their respective State system;
  3. the loss of many award entitlements if awards are reduced to 18 minimum conditions;
  4. the reduction in the powers of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission;
  5. the lack of vetting of Australian Workplace Agreements; and,
  6. the Bill’s silence on the issue of combining work and family responsibilities.

The Democrats’ contend that all of these aspects of the Bill breach the Government’s pre-election promises. The Democrats’ leader, Senator Cheryl Kernot, stated:

"When all the information is in, when we have analysed the industrial relations package as a whole and its impact on the community, the Democrats in the Senate will then decide what amendments are needed to ensure that Mr Reith’s bill passes the basic test of fairness."

 
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