Productivity ‘in scope of Review’: Shorten

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Productivity ‘in scope of Review’: Shorten

Workplace Relations Minister, Bill Shorten, has responded to employer criticism over the failure to specifically note productivity as being within the scope of the inquiry into the Fair Work legislation, by saying that productivity will be part of the inquiry.

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Workplace Relations Minister, Bill Shorten, has responded to employer criticism over the failure to specifically note productivity as being within the scope of the inquiry into the Fair Work legislation, by saying that productivity will be part of the inquiry.

Employer groups, including the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, were disappointed that productivity was not included in the terms of reference of the inquiry. However, Shorten has now stated that productivity is impliedly part of the terms of reference and that submissions on this topic will be welcomed.

Hilmer also concerned
 
Comments by one of Australia’s national competition policy architects, Fred Hilmer, stated there is a growing ‘obsession with security’ and this has resulted in debate about productivity declining.

Fair Work Act Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Senator Eric Abetz said that Hilmer’s comments highlight the failure of Labor to be genuinely interested in dealing with declining productivity by failing to include any mention of it in the terms of reference in the review.

Terms of reference

For the terms of reference for the review if the Fair Work legislation, click here.
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