HR practitioners favour single IR system but divided over dismissal changes

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HR practitioners favour single IR system but divided over dismissal changes

Less than half (46%) were in favour of employees being allowed to cash in up to half of their annual leave entitlements.

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While HR practitioners appear to strongly favour the move towards a single, federal, industrial relations system, and would be more inclined to consider Australian Workplace Agreements if their legal requirements were simplified, they appear to see less need to change the current dismissal provisions.

Survey

These findings come from a survey of 782 members of the Australian Human Resources Institute, published on AHRI’s website earlier this week.

A large majority (87%) favour a move to a unified industrial relations system – although it is a fair comment that this is probably the least likely aspect of the Federal Government’s package to be established. A majority (72%) also said that they would be more likely to use AWAs for employees if their simplified provisions and less onerous requirements become law.

Other issues that received strong support were:

  • Over 90% believe at least one member of the proposed Fair Pay Commission should have experience in the HR field, and 77% believe the Commission should include a union representative.
  • A big majority (85%) said that the Australian Industrial Relations Commission should retain the role of resolving industrial disputes.
  • A similar majority (86%) said that employees should be entitled to seek assistance from a third party when negotiating AWAs or other individual contracts.

Mixed views on dismissal and other changes

The other aspects of the package surveyed by AHRI did not produce a clear majority view.
Just over half (53%) believe the current dismissal provisions are biased in favour of employees. And only 40% believe that employees made redundant should be prevented from making claims of unfair dismissal.

Less than half (46%) were in favour of employees being allowed to cash in up to half of their annual leave entitlements.

Exactly half supported the statement that unions should be allowed to enter workplaces only after obtaining a favourable court application.

Note that this survey was conducted last month (September 2005) – before the latest details of the changes were released this week.

Further information

The survey results and commentary on them appear on the AHRI website. AHRI intends to release a full analysis of the results late this month.

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