ALP Conference commits to more effective bargaining

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ALP Conference commits to more effective bargaining

Last weekend’s ALP national conference has agreed that a more effective collective bargaining system is needed to achieve fair and reasonable collective agreements.

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Last weekend’s ALP national conference has agreed that a more effective collective bargaining system is needed to achieve fair and reasonable collective agreements.

Workers will have enhanced rights to bargain for better pay and conditions and secure jobs under changes to the Labor Party’s national platform adopted at the National Conference, say unions.

ACTU supports change

The Labor Party committed to a more effective bargaining system and a more activist role for Fair Work Australia in the promotion of good faith collective bargaining, says the ACTU.

‘The recent actions of Qantas management demonstrated the need for more balance in the workplace system to protect workers’ rights,’ said ACTU secretary Jeff Lawrence.

‘Workers should be able to seek secure jobs and better pay and conditions without threats of lock-outs, big fines or punitive legal action, the use of strike-breakers or thugs to physically disrupt peaceful picket lines, or other extreme actions,’ said Lawrence.

ACTU president Ged Kearney said the platform endorsed by the National Conference would build on the improvements to workplace rights delivered by the Fair Work Act.’

‘The Fair Work Act was established on the principles of good faith bargaining and unions have urged the Labor Party, whose core values centre on the rights of working Australians, to focus on this through its future platform.’

‘We are calling on Labor to commit to improve rights and entitlements for all Australian workers, including the 40% who are employed as casuals, on fixed or short-term contracts, in labour hire and other non-standard forms of employment and do not have secure jobs,’ said Kennedy.

Minister for Workplace Relations confirms review of legislation

The Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations, Senator Chris Evans, opened the debate on the ‘Opportunity and fairness for working families’ chapter of the ALP Platform and confirmed that a review of Fair Work legislation will take place, but indicated that major change was unlikely:
‘ … we have committed to an independent review which will examine the operation of the Fair Work Act.

The review will provide the opportunity for all parties to be heard and for the Government to assess whether the objectives of the Act are being met.

But the Review will not reviewing our fundamental commitment to Labor values.

Labor will not return to individual contracts and we will not sanction the exploitation of Australian workers.

Since coming into office Labor has delivered real outcomes for working Australians.

In the Fair Work Act, we delivered the most significant industrial relations reform in more than a century …

We have introduced paid parental leave, made it possible for SACS workers to achieve wage justice, restored workers’ compensation protections for public sector workers and provided access to long service leave for workers in the coal industry …’
 
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