‘Chaos’ of minority govt hits business, jobs: ACCI

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‘Chaos’ of minority govt hits business, jobs: ACCI

The ‘chaos and dysfunction’ of a minority government in Canberra has failed the business sector and jobs, according to a major employer organisation.

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The ‘chaos and dysfunction’ of a minority government in Canberra has failed the business sector and jobs, according to a major employer organisation.

Peter Anderson, Chief Executive of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 made last Friday are a big disappointment to industry.

‘The parliament has again failed to act as a check on union overreach,’ he said.

‘No amendment has been made to the fair work laws that ameliorates significant problems companies or small business experience with these laws, and sadly the handbrake they impose on efficiency, confidence and economic activity continues.

Outrageous

‘It is outrageous that the government pushed through laws like expanded union right of entry into lunchrooms without bipartisan support even though earlier this week the independents said that only bipartisan changes should be progressed.’

‘The chaos and dysfunction of a minority government on the floor of the House of Representatives has again failed the business sector and jobs.’

Anderson said the amendments impose extra regulation onto an already unbalanced set of industrial relations laws that largely regulate workplace relations through legislative rules, national tribunals and trade union collectivism.

‘The fact they could have been worse, with compulsory arbitration dropped, is not the point,’ Anderson said.

He said the new burdens on industry include:
    • right to flexible work arrangements
    • expanded parental leave rights
    • forced consultation on changes to rosters
    • penalty rate principles enshrined in law
    • a national bullying jurisdiction
    • expanded union right of entry to lunch rooms and funding union access to remote sites
    • consent arbitration over alleged unlawful dismissals.
More dysfunction

‘After a year of independent review, industry had expected amendments to fix problems this year, but that has not occurred,’ Anderson said.

‘The rejection of compulsory arbitration has been wise but the Greens are still pushing that barrow and the risk of more dysfunctional parliamentary chaos has not been averted.’
 
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