AMMA wants more business appointees to FWC

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AMMA wants more business appointees to FWC

The Australian Mines and Metals Association (AMMA) is publicly lobbying the government to appoint more commissioners with business backgrounds to the Fair Work Commission.

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The Australian Mines and Metals Association (AMMA) is publicly lobbying the government to appoint more commissioners with business backgrounds to the Fair Work Commission.

The resource industry employer group says the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd governments made 27 appointments in its six years, with 19 of them coming from ALP or union backgrounds. It says there are a likely eight vacancies to be filled in 2015 and the government has “an opportunity to address an imbalance within the tribunal”.

“There is now a distinct lack of business experience in the tribunal, with a minority of FWC members having had any real life experience in actually running a business be it small, medium or large. It is also a concern to see Full Benches comprising entirely of ex-union/ALP aligned tribunal members” says AMMA chief executive Steve Knott..

AMMA is also campaigning for the creation of a new specialist IR appeals body, separate and independent of the current FWC.
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