Skills shortages and new IR laws are keys to 2006 -  ACCI

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Skills shortages and new IR laws are keys to 2006 - ACCI

A leading employer organisation has set resolving the skills and labour shortages and the implementation of workplace relations reform as top priorities for the Federal Government this year.

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A leading employer organisation has set resolving the skills and labour shortages and the implementation of workplace relations reform as top priorities for the Federal Government this year.

Peter Hendy, Chief Executive of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) said initiatives to improve the skills of the Australian workforce will continue to be a critical element of the 2006 national policy agenda.

‘Australian business is facing major skill and labour shortages across the economy,’ Hendy said.

‘Post-secondary education and training must be made more business-centred and demand driven so that students are better qualified to take their place in the Australian labour market.’

Businesses can help

Hendy said it is critical that the business community assist in implementing the new WorkChoices legislation to ensure that it helps kick-start a new round of productivity growth.

‘We are confident this will mean lower unemployment than would otherwise occur and a continuation of real wage growth,’ he said.

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