Business won't like our IR laws, says Gillard

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Business won't like our IR laws, says Gillard

Labor has admitted that its changes to the Howard Government's IR laws will take away from business some of the choices they now have, but says this has to be done in the name of fairness for employees.

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Labor has admitted that its changes to the Howard Government's IR laws will take away from business some of the choices they now have, but says this has to be done in the name of fairness for employees.

And it expects business groups and employers to be upset with these aspects of its industrial relations policy.

Opposition industrial relations spokeswoman Julia Gillard, told Channel 10's Meet the Press program that the fine detail of the party's IR policy will be released before the Federal election, including information on how Labor will abolish individual workplace agreements.

Gillard said the WorkChoices legislation has swung the pendulum too far in favour of employers and repeated her claim that Labor wants to return fairness to the workplace.

'We understand in doing that we're taking away from employers some of the choices that they have today, but we think we need to give some fairness back to employees in the work place,' she said. 'So we don't apologise for trying to strike a balance, I think because we are trying to strike a balance we'll get criticism from both sides.'

Restriction on union access to sites

Gillard said the new Labor policy would include restriction on union officials' access to work sites.

However, union officials would get access to work sites when they needed check on possible breaches of award or agreement conditions.

'I understand the need for permits, that is certifying that the person entering the premises is a fit and proper person, and I understand the need for notification so there's an orderly system of gaining access,' she said. 'We certainly want to make sure that businesses aren't disrupted, but that unions do get entry for legitimate purposes.'

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