ALP rebuts Govt claims IR plan will hit small business

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ALP rebuts Govt claims IR plan will hit small business

Labor has accused the Howard Government of misrepresenting its industrial relations policy's effects on small business.

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Labor has accused the Howard Government of misrepresenting its industrial relations policy's effects on small business.

Craig Emerson, shadow minister for small business and independent contractors, said that if Labor's industrial relations policies 'were truly bad for small business, the government would not need to misrepresent them'.

He said that Small Business Minister, Fran Bailey, had made a number of false claims about the operation of Labor's industrial relations policies for small business including that:

  • Unions will be the new industrial relations umpire — totally untrue
  • Fair Work Australia will be controlled by the unions — totally untrue
  • Small businesses will have to formally restructure their enterprise around the family life of each employee — totally untrue
  • Labor will guarantee unfettered union access to business workplaces — totally untrue
  • Labor will re-impose 'go-away money' —- totally untrue
  • Small business will be forced to return to a centralised IR system — totally untrue, Labor decentralised the industrial relations system it inherited from the Fraser-Howard government
  • Small business will be subject to portable long service leave obligations — totally untrue
  • Small business will have paid maternity leave imposed upon it — totally untrue
  • Small businesses will be forced to make redundancy payments — totally untrue, they will be exempt, and
  • Labor will take away protection and certainty for independent contractors — totally untrue, the new Labor platform enshrined the right of Australians to be independent contractors and to operate under commercial law

Emerson said that if a small business cannot accommodate a request for an extension of parental leave, it need only 'write a letter giving its reasons'.

'That's the end of the matter,' he said. 'There's no adjudication, no legal process and no union official under the bed. Adverse impact to business practices are grounds to refuse flexible work arrangements or a 12-month extension of parental leave.'

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