Fair Work Amendment Bill and Green’s 7-Eleven Bill

News

Fair Work Amendment Bill and Green’s 7-Eleven Bill

Greens amendments to the Fair Work Amendment Bill were voted down in the Senate yesterday, while Adam Bandt introduced a Bill to make head office franchisors share liability for their franchisees’ underpayments.

WantToReadMore

Get unlimited access to all of our content.

Amendments by the Greens to promote better work–life balance and provide more secure employment for casual workers were voted down yesterday, as the Fair Work Amendment Bill 2014 was debated once again in the Senate. The government was successful in defending its amendment in the Bill to provide that industrial action for an enterprise bargain can only occur after bargaining has commenced. The Bill thus remains unchanged so far, with its fate still likely to be determined by the cross-benchers.

The Greens also introduced a private members Bill (via Adam Bandt) yesterday in response to the recent 7-Eleven employee payment furore. The Bill would make head office franchisors share liability for their franchisees’ underpayments. In practice, this would allow workers to claim underpayments directly from head office, bringing about a “culture shift”, according to Bandt. Private members Bills are notoriously difficult to pass in Parliament, so this Bill’s future progress seems unlikely. See: Fair Work Amendment (Recovery of Unpaid Amounts for Franchisee Employees) Bill 2015.
Post details