Workplace relations bill - passage likely tonight

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Workplace relations bill - passage likely tonight

The federal Government is planning to have its Workplace Relations Bill 1996 passed by the Parliament some time later this evening (Tuesday, 19 November, 1996).

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The federal Government is planning to have its Workplace Relations Bill 1996 passed by the Parliament some time later this evening (Tuesday, 19 November, 1996).

It is understood that the Government is looking into the possibility of commencing some of the provisions sooner than others once the Bill receives the royal assent. What that will entail is still far from clear.

In other federal news, the Government announced on Sunday, 17 November, 1996, that it will be arguing for an $8 per week increase for each of the next three years for employees who receive less than the average weekly earnings (ie $35 000 per year) as part of its submission to the federal Commission in the ACTU’s ‘Living Wage’ claim.

It has been mistakenly thought in some quarters that the federal Commission will simply implement the federal Government’s submission. The reality is that the Commission will weigh up all the submissions put forward and reach its own conclusion.

 

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