Fair Work Act review released this month: Shorten

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Fair Work Act review released this month: Shorten

Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten has received the Fair Work Act review and expects to release it towards the end of this month.

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Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten has received the Fair Work Act review and expects to release it towards the end of this month.

Shorten has told Tasmanian radio that the Federal Government is currently considering the report and ‘will hopefully release it towards the end of July’.

‘Then we would have consideration and consult stakeholders formally,’ he said.

Response
 
‘The Government would give a response at some point, I suppose about a month after we’d release the report.’

Employer groups have been urging the government to increase workplace flexibility and rein in union powers regarding enterprise agreement negotiations, in particular regarding industrial action.

They have also accused unions of abusing their powers in greenfield agreement negotiations.

Unions want the right to include non-work-related matters in enterprise agreements.

Return of WorkChoices
 
Meanwhile, threats by ALP factional bosses to preference the Coalition ahead of the Greens will help hasten the return of WorkChoices, according to Greens Deputy Leader and employment spokesman, Adam Bandt.

’This is a gift to Tony Abbott,’ Bandt said.

‘With ALP heavies wanting to elect pro-WorkChoices Coalition MPs ahead of anti-WorkChoices Greens, Tony Abbott gets closer to control of both houses of Parliament and an attack on people’s rights at work.’

‘Most Labor voters would be shocked to think that their vote could help elect pro-WorkChoices Liberals ahead of progressive Greens MPs who will protect people’s rights at work.’

‘Every time ALP factional heavies say their party’s future lies in becoming more like Tony Abbott, another Australian decides to vote Green.’
 
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