Another call for Fair Work Act changes from Ridout

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Another call for Fair Work Act changes from Ridout

Departing Australian Industry Group CEO, Heather Ridout, has again called for changes to the Fair Work Act, when commenting on the promotion of Bill Shorten to Workplace Relations Minister.

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Departing Australian Industry Group CEO, Heather Ridout, has again called for changes to the Fair Work Act 2009, when commenting on the promotion of Bill Shorten to Workplace Relations Minister.

Ridout was interviewd by Jon Faine on 774ABC Melbourne radio on 13 December 2011.

No huge problem?

Faine posed the question:
‘And Bill Shorten is in Cabinet, and he says there’s no huge problem with IR, so why the promotion, and why in Cabinet?’
Ridout responded — pointing to the employers’ ongoing attempts to achieve some changes to the Fair Work Act:
‘Well I’ve worked with Bill many times, and Bill knows the importance of good workplace relations, and I heard you ask him about walking both sides of the street, you know in industrial relations you can’t do that, but it’s got to be a fair argument.

And at the moment we’ve counted something like 100 new union rights, in the Fair Work Act, and what’s happened subsequently, and despite all the efforts of a sensible organisation like our’s — including taking 15 appeals, very costly appeals — we have not been able to get one consideration of an amendment to that very big Act.

I don’t know of any big new piece of legislation that hasn’t required some amendment to make sure that what’s happening is in the spirit of that Act.

So I’m very hopeful, I know Bill well, and I’m hopeful that with his sense of pragmatism he tends to bring to things, his deep knowledge of the manufacturing industry, we’ll be able to have some good discussions.’

 
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