Employers love WorkChoices, ACCI survey reveals

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Employers love WorkChoices, ACCI survey reveals

WorkChoices reforms have made Australian jobs more secure, according to a major national employer survey by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI).

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WorkChoices reforms have made Australian jobs more secure, according to a major national employer survey by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI).

ACCI's Workplace Survey found that 62.3% of employers surveyed believe that because of the WorkChoices reforms 'the job security of employees in my business is the same or better', 25% of respondents neither agree nor disagree, and 11.7% disagree.

Job security is also linked to greater productivity in the survey data - 64.4% of employers believe that a capacity to 'negotiate flexible workplace agreements' with staff 'under the new WorkChoices laws' allows their businesses to be 'more productive and as a result provide more job security', 25.2% of respondents neither agree nor disagree, and 9.9% disagree.

According to the survey employers also overwhelmingly endorse the importance of flexibility should times become more difficult.

Good in hard times

It showed that 69.2% report that if their businesses 'hit hard times, increased flexibility under WorkChoices would provide their employees with a better chance of keeping their jobs', while 20.3% neither agreed nor disagreed, and 9.9% disagreed.

Peter Hendy, ACCI Chief Executive, said the survey in January 2007 covered 1,337 employers, employing over 290,000 Australians.

Responses covered businesses of all sizes, all industries, the States and Territories, metropolitan and regional Australia, and workplaces with and without union members.

Hendy claimed employer views are also matched by those of employees. In December 2005, the Roy Morgan Job Security Index had showed that 81% of Australian employees believe their current job is safe — one of the highest recorded levels of job security since surveys began in 1975.

Hendy said ACCI will release additional survey findings in coming weeks.

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