Government ‘prepared to amend IR Bill’, says Gillard

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Government ‘prepared to amend IR Bill’, says Gillard

The Federal Government has said it is willing to make ‘technical’ amendments to the Fair Work Bill, and has already signalled it will do so to ensure workers with less than 12 months of service get a week’s notice of termination.

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The Federal Government has said it is willing to make ‘technical’ amendments to the Fair Work Bill, and has already signalled it will do so to ensure workers with less than 12 months of service get a week’s notice of termination.
 
IR Minister Julia Gillard said the week’s notice entitlement was ‘inadvertently removed by drafters in an endeavour to streamline entitlements under the Bill’.
 
Guarantee entitlement
 
‘The Government will therefore make a supplementary submission to the Senate Inquiry and indicate its intention to amend the clause to guarantee the entitlement as promised,’ she said.
 
Gillard said there have been 146 submissions to the Inquiry from individuals and organisations, including from employer and employee organisations, academics and community groups.
 
Hearings have already been held in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth by the Standing Committee on Education, Employment & Workplace Relations.
 
Report due 27 February
 
Further hearings will be held in Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra from 16 February. The final report is due to be tabled on 27 February.
 
Gillard contrasted this process with the WorkChoices legislation where the Howard Government allowed just three days of hearings in Canberra to scrutinise the complex legislation.
 
She said the Rudd Government will carefully examine all submissions to the Inquiry, as well as the recommendations of the Senate Committee, to ensure the Bill is drafted to the best possible standard and is fair, effective and balanced.
 
Privacy provisions
 
Gillard said the Government has also welcomed suggestions from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner to enhance the privacy protections applying to information collected and handled under the right of entry and protected action ballot provisions of the Bill.
 
‘The Government will carefully consider these recommendations,’ she said.
 
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