Penalties, protests and the price of industrial action

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Penalties, protests and the price of industrial action

Workers will protest against proposed penalty rate cuts at a Melbourne rally today, on the same day the Productivity Commission holds its final hearing on penalties. Also in the news, Master Builders Australia counts the cost of industrial action, the Greens want two IR bills to be scrapped and Queensland restores the Industrial Commission's powers.

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Workers will protest against proposed penalty rate cuts at a Melbourne rally today, on the same day the Productivity Commission holds its final hearing on penalties.

Also in the news, Master Builders Australia counts the cost of industrial action, the Greens want two IR bills to be scrapped and Queensland restores the Industrial Commission's powers.

Workers rally against penalty rate cuts


A rally in Melbourne today will be held in protest against employer groups’ campaign to reduce penalty rates.

The Fair Work Commission is currently reviewing weekend penalty rates.

Also today the Productivity Commission will hold its final public hearing in Melbourne with unions
responding to its recommendations that include changes to penalty rates.


Public pays price for industrial action


Wilhelm Harnisch. CEO of  Master Builders Australia, has said in a radio interview that it’s the community who pays the price for unlawful and unreasonable industrial action.

In the context of CFMEU activity, Harnisch said: “It’s the consumer who pays because builders have to pass on those costs to survive, and so what happens is that the cost of building houses for consumers goes up, the cost of a school or hospital goes up.

"This means that everyone in the community has to pay more for something they should have got for up to 30 per cent less.”


Greens want IR bills 'ditched'


Greens industrial relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP has called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to ditch the industrial relations bills the government has been trying to get through the Senate.

The Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2014 and the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 have both been rejected by the Senate. The Fair Work Amendment Bill 2014 is currently before the Senate.


Qld gov restores Industrial Commission’s powers


Legislation has been passed in Queensland restoring  administrative powers that were stripped from the State commission by the former LNP government.

Parliament passed the Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill last week. 

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