‘Tell me what’s wrong with FW Act,’ says Evans

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‘Tell me what’s wrong with FW Act,’ says Evans

Federal Workplace Relations Minister Chris Evans has indicated that the Labor Government is willing to consider changes to the Fair Work Act, but has challenged businesses to first outline how they feel the current system is failing them, according to media reports.

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Federal Workplace Relations Minister Chris Evans has indicated that the Labor Government is willing to consider changes to the Fair Work Act 2009, but has challenged businesses to first outline how they feel the current system is failing them, according to media reports.

The report by the Australian Financial Review noted that the review of the legislation is due to commence in January 2012, and reported the minister as stating that any recommendations thought appropriate would be implemented before the next federal election.

The issues
 
Evans did not suggest that a re-write of the legislation was a possibility — rather the Governement is interested in how the key components of the legislation like good faith bargaining are working.
He also noted that he expected unfair dismissals to be on the list of issues that parties wished to re-visit.

The minister did point to some employer successes in Fair Work Australia — like the reduced shifts for young people in the retail industry — to make the point that the current system does work for both sides of the IR debate.

The use of contractors and the role of unions was acknowledged as hot topics and the minster expected these issues to be raised by employers.

Inconsistencies
 
He added that the employers’ position is sometimes contrary to their expected stance — pointing to the calls for arbitration of disputes when traditionally employers have argued that the parties should be allowed to find their own solutions.
 
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