Protection for penalty rates in legislation: Gillard

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Protection for penalty rates in legislation: Gillard

The Federal Government will enshrine protections for penalty rates in legislation, indicating that employer attempts to modify these rates will meet tough resistance

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The Federal Government will enshrine protections for penalty rates in legislation, indicating that employer attempts to modify these rates will meet tough resistance.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard promised changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 — inserting a new modern awards objective into the Act to ensure penalty rates, shift loading and public holiday pay are considered by the Fair Work Commission when it sets award rates and conditions.

Additional remuneration

Media reports from an Australian Council of Trade Unions summit in Canberra this week report the Prime Minister as saying:
‘We will make it clear in law that there needs to be additional remuneration for employees who work shift work, unsociable, irregular, unpredictable hours or on weekends and public holidays … We tore up WorkChoices and we wrote the Fair Work Act and today we are taking more steps to improve the working conditions of Australians.
 
More flexibility for families dealing with modern pressures. More protection for penalty rates. Plus lower taxes and higher take home pay.
 
When working people around the world have lost so much and when austerity measures overseas have hit so many, so hard, Australians have more rights at work than before.’
457 visas
 
The Prime Minister also defended her position on tightening the approvals process for 457 visas. She referred to Australia’s reliance on skilled foreign labour in the public health system as a ‘damning policy failure’.
 
‘There should be genuine attempts to fill positions from local labour before turning to 457 visa holders,’ she added.

Figures on 457 visas indicate there are over 100,000 visa holders are currently working in Australia.

 
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