Opposition response to federal ir bill

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Opposition response to federal ir bill

"We will oppose this Bill here in the House of Representatives and we will oppose it in the Senate.

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"We will oppose this Bill here in the House of Representatives and we will oppose it in the Senate. If however, as we suspect, our opposition is unsuccessful, we will seek to amend this Bill as comprehensively as we can."

The Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations, Bob McMullan, outlined in the Parliament today (Thursday, 30 May 1996) the Labor Opposition’s concerns with the Government’s Workplace Relations Bill.

Mr McMullan argued that the Bill is "all about flexibility with no concern for fairness" and that the Government "fails to appreciate .. the extent of the change which has already taken place" in Australia’s workplaces.

Mr McMullan highlighted the following issues as the Labor Opposition’s main concerns with the Bill:

"the attack on the role of the Industrial Relations Commission; the attack on the award system; and, the attack on the right to take effective collective action."

Mr McMullan highlighted the provisions in the Bill which propose to allow State agreements to override the federal industrial jurisdiction. In particular, Mr McMullan highlighted what would happen to Victorian nurses, arguing that under this provision they would lose 16 days sick leave per year, 13 weeks long service leave, 2 weeks annual leave and penalty rates on weekends.

Mr McMullan also labelled the "proposed office of the employment advocate [as] a charade".

Finally, Mr McMullan stated that: "we intend to move up to 200 amendments in an attempt to improve this flawed Bill". And further: "[this Bill] is based on the flawed assumption that the labour contract is just a contract like any other."

 

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