New IR laws will override existing agreements: Gillard

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New IR laws will override existing agreements: Gillard

IR Minister Julia Gillard has confirmed the new workplace standards that come into operation on 1 January 2010 will over-ride all existing agreements.

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IR Minister Julia Gillard has confirmed the new workplace standards that come into operation on 1 January 2010 will over-ride all existing agreements.
 
The Minister for Workplace Relations, Julia Gillard, has also warned retailers that any attempt to get around the new laws will be short-lived.
 
The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has emailed all its members urging them to sign up their workers on five-year contracts to avoid increased pay and compliance costs under new modernised awards.
 
Apply to all employees
 
‘From January 1, 2010, the Government's 10 legislated National Employment Standards and modern award wage rates will apply to all employees and will override inferior conditions in agreements,’ Gillard said.
 
While this has always been assumed to be the case, this is the first time a senior member of the Government has made it this clear.
 
It means employers would be wise to include the NES in any new deals they negotiate with their workers between now and 1 January next year.
 
No cap on executive salaries
 
The Government has also confirmed it will not follow the lead of US President Barack Obama in capping executive salaries for companies bailed out by the federal Government.
 
A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said he welcomed the decision by Obama to set a limit on executive salaries at $US500,000 ($770,000) as a condition for receiving a government bailout.
 
But she said the circumstances were different in Australia.
 
‘It is different here because President Obama is bailing out companies and we are not doing that.’
 
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