ALP wants good faith powers at AIRC

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ALP wants good faith powers at AIRC

Proposed new laws that give the AIRC the power to make employers and employees negotiate are expected be introduced into Parliament by the ALP on June 16.

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Proposed new laws that give the AIRC the power to make employers and employees negotiate are expected be introduced into Parliament by the ALP on June 16.

Under the proposed Federal Workplace Relations Amendment Good Faith Bargaining Bill 2003, the AIRC will have the power to ensure employers and employees negotiate in good faith.

But the AIRC won’t have the power to require a negotiating party to agree on any matters for inclusion in an agreement or to force employers and employees to enter an agreement.

The Bill also sets out what is meant by good faith bargaining. Among other proposed rules, it includes agreeing to face-to-face meetings at reasonable times, complying with agreed negotiating procedures, stating positions and, subject to confidentiality, disclosing relevant financial information such as executives remuneration.

The AIRC may also make orders to prevent parties to an agreement setting time limits on negotiations relating to the proposed agreement.

For more information on good faith bargaining and the related Morris McMahon dispute, see previous stories published on WorkplaceInfo (213/03, 210/03).

 

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