Democrats want big changes to IR Bill

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Democrats want big changes to IR Bill

The Australian Democrats have sent 42 pages of draft amendments to Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews hoping he will ‘see reason and accept key amendments’.

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The Australian Democrats have sent 42 pages of draft amendments to Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews hoping he will ‘see reason and accept key amendments’. 

Outright opposition

Australian Democrats Workplace Relations Spokesman, Senator Andrew Murray said the Democrats oppose the WorkChoices Bill outright, but ‘cannot sit idly by and do nothing to prevent vulnerable workers with no bargaining power being taken advantage of’.

‘With the WorkChoices Bill the Liberal and National parties are assaulting the cultural, economic, social, institutional, legal, political and constitutional underpinnings of work arrangements in Australia,’ Murray said. 

‘The Australian industrial relations system has been built on a foundation of social justice and fairness, centred on a safety net of pay and conditions to protect the most vulnerable in our society.  We aim to at a minimum to put back that safety net through key amendments.’

Some amendments noted

Some of the key amendments the Democrats want are: 

  • Reinstate the no disadvantage test;

  • Guarantee public holidays – preserve Christmas day;

  • Protect working hours;

  • Require Fair Pay Commission to provide fair minimum wages and conditions based on Australia’s living standards;

  • Index minimum wage to cpi;

  • Improve genuine consent for vulnerable workers;

  • Preserve unfair dismissal laws for all employees, but prevent vexatious and frivolous claims;

  • Provide for better work and family provisions and ability to address the gender pay gap;

  • Protect outworkers.

Better bargaining workshop  

A workshop to assist employers in bargaining under the new IR legislation will be held in Melbourne on Wednesday, 14 December.

The workshop, run by the Australian Industry Group, will assist companies assess the challenges and opportunities these changes present for bargaining in 2006 and beyond.

It will have three sessions: 

Session One - New bargaining process

Session Two - Content of agreement

Session Three – Agreement-making options 

Date and venue 

Wednesday, 14 December  2005
Registration 8.00am - 8.30am 
Workshop  8.30am -11.45am
Leonda by the Yarra
2 Wallen Road
Hawthorn VIC 3122

Parking is available at no charge. Workshop includes refreshments.

For further information and a registration form go here or contact Fiona Green on 03 9867 0224 or email fiona.green@aigroup.asn.au.

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