Federal IR the 'law of the jungle': Bracks

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Federal IR the 'law of the jungle': Bracks

Bracks also highlighted that flexible training, the skills of older workers and building union representation in small businesses was important.

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The current federal industrial system is based on the ‘law of the jungle’ and the ‘survival of the fittest’, Victorian Premier Steve Bracks told the ACTU Congress this morning.

The powers of the AIRC must be restored so it was able to ensure good faith bargaining and to fix any dispute at the workplace, he said.

The current Workplace Relations Act did more to entrench confrontation in the workplace rather than resolve it, Bracks claimed.

He intended to carry out his threat of allowing Schedule 1A workers to have their claims heard by the Victorian Civil Administrative Appeals Tribunal, if the Federal Workplace Relations Minister, Tony Abbott didn’t take up the option of providing these workers with the same coverage afforded federal award and agreements workers.

At a press conference after his speech, Bracks said Tony Abbott had backed away from taking up the option, but didn’t comment on when he intended to carry out his threat.

Work and family

During his speech Bracks said the Victorian Labor Government was doing its bit for work and family by providing a $1,000 return to work grant and payroll tax deductions for employers who provided paid maternity leave.

The Victorian Labor Government would also be lobbying the Federal Government for 14 weeks Federal Government funded paid maternity leave.

Bracks also highlighted that flexible training, the skills of older workers and building union representation in small businesses was important.

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