Greens vow to block Libs’ IR changes


Greens vow to block Libs’ IR changes

The Greens have vowed to block in the Senate any attempts by the Coalition to remove workplace rights ifthey win the federal election on 14 September.


Get unlimited access to all of our content.

The Greens have vowed to block in the Senate any attempts by the Coalition to remove workplace rights, if they win the federal election on 14 September.

Opposition IR spokesman Eric Abetz told an Australian Industry Group conference yesterday that the Coalition has plans to make changes regarding productivity, flexibility and union militancy.

While giving no real details Abetz indicated the Productivity Commission would be asked to look at workplace productivity and that the 28-day notice of termination for individual flexibility agreements would be extended.

Abetz said Labor’s own review panel recommended the 28-day period be extended to 90 days.

Restore ABCC

He also repeated the pledge to restore the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC).

The Greens workplace relations spokesman Adam Bandt said the Party would use its number in Parliament to resist any attack on Australians’ rights at work.

‘The Greens will oppose Coalition attempts to trash the rule of law and the right to silence by reinstating the ABCC,’ he said.

‘A person should not have fewer rights than an accused criminal simply because they work in the building industry.’

‘The Greens also believe that collective agreements should be stuck to once they’re made.’

Undercut wages

‘An employer shouldn’t be able to undercut wages and conditions by making a collective agreement and then later “contracting out” of their obligations through lesser deals with individual workers.’

‘The Greens stick to our principles and in the next Parliament, we will be the best protection against an Abbott assault on people’s rights at work.’

‘We are yet to see the Coalition’s full policy, but Eric Abetz have given us a taste and it doesn’t taste good.’
In his speech, Abetz also attacked employers who complain about unions’ industrial tactics but also make ‘very generous donations to union slush funds’.

‘It is up to employers to stamp out go-away money being paid to trade union bosses for industrial harmony,’ he said.

Underwater helicopters

Abetz criticised the recent proposed changes to the Fair Work Act 2009, which could require companies to provide travel and accommodation for union officials to visit remote mining sites.

‘These sites are not tourist sites or playthings for union salespeople,’ he said.

‘They are a place for highly specialised operational workers who have undertaken weeks of intensive safety training, including underwater helicopter evacuation procedures.’
Post details