IR news briefs - Evatt Foundation, Ai Group stimulate discussion on IR changes

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IR news briefs - Evatt Foundation, Ai Group stimulate discussion on IR changes

An Evatt Foundation seminar tonight will look at the effect on women of the proposed IR changes, and an Ai Group fact sheet urges employers to make employees aware of misinformation circulating about the changes.

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An Evatt Foundation seminar tonight will look at the effect on women of the proposed IR changes, and an Ai Group fact sheet urges employers to make employees aware of misinformation circulating about the changes.

Seminar looks at IR changes and effects on women

The implications of John Howard’s industrial relations changes for women will be discussed at an Evatt Foundation Sunset Seminar in Sydney tonight (Tuesday).

The seminar will cover the implications of the industrial relations changes for women’s working conditions, women’s ability to access union representation, and what are the broader implications for gender equity in the workplace and society.

It will look at whether the changes will exacerbate problems of lower pay, fewer entitlements and job insecurity, and how the proposals can be squared with the government’s professed commitment to better work and family policies.

Justine Evesson, a Senior Researcher with the Australian Centre for Industrial Relations Research and Training (acirrt), Annie Owens, NSW Secretary of the LHMU, and Meg Smith, a lecturer at the University of Western Sydney, will lead the discussion.

The seminar will be chaired by Dr Rae Cooper, Vice President of the Evatt Foundation and one of Australia’s leading researchers on industrial relations.

Details are available from the Evatt Foundation, tel. 9385 7137 email: evatt@unsw.edu.au

Employers’ body produces fact sheet on IR changes

Ai Group has released a fact sheet entitled Workplace Relations Reform - Understand the Facts, designed to assist employers to discuss workplace relations reform with their employees.

The fact sheet points out that Prime Minister Howard has released only a broad outline of the government’s plans to change Australia’s workplace relations system, and most of the reforms will not come into operation until next year and the legislation has not yet been drafted.

Ai Group says there is a great deal of misinformation being circulated regarding the Federal Government’s plans.

The fact sheet covers awards, minimum wages, penalty rates, the enterprise bargaining system, individual agreements and unlawful termination.

It can be viewed on the Ai Group's website.

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