Vic Govt wants to make it easier to sack workers

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Vic Govt wants to make it easier to sack workers

Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu has joined with a major employers organisation in wanting to make it easier for bosses to sack workers.

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Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu has joined with a major employers organisation in wanting to make it easier for bosses to sack workers.

The Victorian Government’s submission to the Fair Work Act review calls for a review of the unfair dismissal provisions of the Act.

It says the existing unfair dismissal laws fail to strike a balance between employers and workers.

‘A decision to terminate employment might be considered unfair due to any failure to strictly comply with procedural requirements,’ the submission said.

Speculative
 
It also noted employer concerns that many unfair dismissal claims were speculative.

‘(Employers have) to pay “go away” money to settle unmeritorious claims to avoid involvement in more lengthy and costly tribunal proceedings,’ the submission said.

The government submission backs that by ACCI which said ‘go away’ money was paid when the dismissal was justified but was not worth defending.

‘The re-emergence of this trend is a disincentive to the hiring of permanent staff,’ ACCI said.

The government submissions said employers were being caught by the laws, even if there was a valid reason for dismissal.

Holding back productivity
 
A survey conducted for the government found 53% of employers thought unfair dismissal laws were holding back productivity.

The Baillieu submissions also claims the Fair Work Act had failed to wipe out pattern, or industry-wide, bargaining that it said reduced workplace productivity.

Citing Australian Bureau of Statistics data, it said the number of working days lost to industrial disputes in the past year rose nearly 50%.

This ‘deteriorating industrial climate’, it said, should be fixed through changes to the Fair Work Act that would help resolve disputes without industrial action. The Community and Public Sector Union, in its submission, said the tribunal needed to have much greater powers to settle disputes.

Labor industrial relations spokesman Tim Pallas said the Baillieu Government’s focus on making it easier to sack workers ‘demonstrates its arrogance and indifference to the needs of Victorian families’.
 
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