Modified Fair Work Amendments through Senate

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Modified Fair Work Amendments through Senate

Amendments relating to greenfields agreements and right to strike were passed by the Senate yesterday.

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Amendments relating to greenfields agreements and right to strike were passed by the Senate yesterday.

Other changes sought by the Federal Government were removed from the legislation and remain matters for negotiation. These include changes to right of entry, individual flexibility arrangements, leave arrangements and transfer of business.

ACTU says a victory for unions


ACTU welcomed the modified version of the Fair Work Amendment Bill:

“The Senate defeated many of the unfair proposals in the Turnbull Government’s Fair Work Amendment Bill, rejecting the prospect of more exploitation of the most vulnerable workers in our community.”

The ACTU did note that the passing of the Greenfields Agreements amendment, “presents a special rule for a privileged business in the mining and construction industries that undermines the basic rights of workers to a fair deal. Additionally, the Senate overturned the current rule that has been in place for more than 22 years allowing workers to take industrial action as long as they are genuinely trying to reach agreement. Workers are now stripped of their ability to negotiate with companies that simply don’t want to deal. The Senate has effectively cut loose those workers affected by these changes”.

Employers welcome amendments


Richard Clancy, Director of Workplace Relations at the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) said that “The Australian Chamber welcomes amendments to the Fair Work Act passed by the Senate today that will improve the process for making Greenfields agreements for major projects and ensure that industrial action can only be taken after genuine bargaining has commenced.”

The Australian Industry Group also welcomed the passage of the Fair Work Amendment Bill 2014. The amendments to the Fair Work Act will deliver more flexibility for employers and employees but more needs to be done,” Innes Willox, Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group said.
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