Employers support FWC power to stop WA industrial action

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Employers support FWC power to stop WA industrial action

The resource industry has strongly endorsed technical changes allowing third parties affected by strike action to apply to the Fair Work Commission to suspend or terminate that action.

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The resource industry has strongly endorsed technical changes to the Fair Work system which will allow a third party affected by strike action to apply to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to suspend or terminate that action.

Steve Knott, chief executive of resource industry employer group Australian Mines and Metals Association (AMMA), said the Commonwealth’s changes this week will provide much-needed industrial powers for the Western Australian Government as well as employers facing crippling strikes.

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"The new regulation will allow a minister of a state which has not referred its industrial relations powers to the Commonwealth, to apply to the Fair Work Commission for the suspension or termination of protected industrial action," Knott said.

“Such a power exists presently for the ministers of all the states except for Western Australia, where industrial action often threatens both state operations and international trade activities of great national significance.

“The change fixes this anomaly which Labor did not address, despite calls from the WA Government to allow it the same legal capacities as its counterparts in other jurisdictions."

The new regulation will also allow third parties directly impacted by strike action to pursue relief through the FWC.
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