ACCI compares IR policies - and prefers Howard's

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ACCI compares IR policies - and prefers Howard's

A leading employer organisation has compared Labor and the Federal Government's IR policies - and unsurprisingly likes John Howard's better.

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A leading employer organisation has compared Labor and the Federal Government's IR policies - and unsurprisingly likes John Howard's better.

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) also complains that the ACTU's anti-WorkChoices ads portray 'employers in an unfair and negative light'.

Policy snapshot

ACCI this week released a 'policy snapshot' that compares and contrasts Coalition and ALP industrial relations policies in the lead up to the 2007 Federal Election.

It will be made available to Australia's employer bodies for communication to employers.

Peter Hendy, ACCI Chief Executive, said the report has been produced in response to calls by employer bodies and employers for a summary of key issues in a compare and contrast format.

Confused by spin

'There is a risk that, without information like this, employers will be confused by the piecemeal nature of media reporting, by the complex IR speak, by the spin of politicians and by the misleading union campaign,' he said.

The ACCI policy snapshot covers 20 topics and in most areas concludes that the ALP policy would, if implemented, have a negative effect on employers and thereby jobs and productivity.

Individual agreements

For example on individual agreements it says the Coalition's policy is: Keep Australian Workplace Agreements (AWAs) - 1.3 million AWAs have been made since 1996.

It says the ALP's policy is: Abolish AWA system. Ban any statutory individual bargaining. Only allow common law agreements.

ACCI's analysis is: ALP policy will mean that no employer will be able to agree on wages or conditions on a one-to-one basis with their employee that do not comply in every detail with wages, conditions or work practices regulated by applicable industry wide awards or by applicable collective agreements. This weakens choice and, depending on the terms of awards and collective agreements, could weaken flexibility and productivity.

Copies

Employers can obtain a copy of the ACCI analysis from employer organisations affiliated to ACCI, or download it.

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