BCA wants fewer awards, more negotiation

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BCA wants fewer awards, more negotiation

Reducing the number of awards and their contents, bolstering management prerogative and more scrutiny of the Fair Work Commission are among the Business Council of Australia’s (BCA’s) recommendations in its submission to the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry Into Workplace Relations.

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Reducing the number of awards and their contents, bolstering management prerogative and more scrutiny of the Fair Work Commission are among the Business Council of Australia’s (BCA’s) recommendations in its submission to the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry Into Workplace Relations. 

In the latest employer submission to the Inquiry, the BCA says the workplace relations system needs to adapt to fast-moving change and be able to “create more flexible work arrangements”. 

The BCA wants awards reduced from 122 to only one for each industry sector, with a maximum 10 clauses “covering issues such as ordinary hours of work, wage classifications and accident pay”. Allowances, leave arrangements and remuneration should be negotiated.

The requirement to bargain in good faith should apply to greenfields agreements, similar to other agreements, and “fair agreements” should be imposed if bargaining breaks down after a prescribed amount of time.

Business and managerial decisions are subject to too much regulation and negotiation, the BCA says, in particular the use of contractors, hiring decisions and shutting down a business. 

The BCA also has the Fair Work Commission in its sights, suggesting it needs “capped time appointments, appointments based on a more robust skills assessment, and an appeals mechanism to drive greater accountability and transparency”. 

BCA’s submission to the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry Into Workplace Relations 
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