IR laws will increase brain drain, say professionals

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IR laws will increase brain drain, say professionals

The Federal Government’s new IR legislation will increase the ‘brain drain’ from Australia and makes the skills shortage worse, a major professionals’ association told the Senate inquiry into the new laws today.

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The Federal Government’s new IR legislation will increase the ‘brain drain’ from Australia and makes the skills shortage worse, a major professionals’ association told the Senate inquiry into the new laws today. 

The Association of Professionals, Engineers, Scientists and Managers (APESMA) said the award system in Australia had underpinned the career paths of many professionals. 

APESMA acting chief executive officer Geoff Fary said the reductions in the powers of the AIRC and the stripping back of awards ‘could have a severe impact on the capacity for professionals to progress through established career paths’. 

‘This legislation will, over time, undermine many of the award conditions that have underpinned professional career paths and structures,’ he said. 

‘Deregulating career structures is not what Australia needs now. 

‘We need a system that offers professionals stability, protection and flexibility, not a system that is based on third world conditions with little capacity to seek independent support when facing problems at work.’ 

Skills shortage

Fary said the Government risked making the skills shortage worse.

‘We know from our membership that many young professionals and graduates are heading overseas in search of better conditions, more stability and better pay,’ he said. 

‘The proposed legislation will not help businesses retain skilled professionals.’ 

Fary also warned that many professionals will lose unfair dismissal rights.

‘Professionals shouldn’t think this legislation will not affect them [just] because most professionals work in companies with under 100 employees,’ he said. 

Full submission

The APESMA submission can be found on their website.

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