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Bracks offers job safeguards to ½m workers in poll bid

If it wins the State election on 25 November the Victorian ALP will protect some workers in the State from elements of the WorkChoices legislation, but further complicate the industrial relations system in doing so.

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If it wins the State election on 25 November the Victorian ALP will protect some workers in the State from elements of the WorkChoices legislation, but further complicate the industrial relations system in doing so.

Premier Steve Bracks has announced a pay and conditions standard which includes protection of annual leave loading, overtime, penalty rates and flexible family provisions.

But the new protections will only apply for worker not covered by Federal awards, such as some charitable organisations, unincorporated sporting clubs, and workers in partnerships.

Standard for others - Labor plan

Labor is claiming these provisions will cover more than 500,000 workers, or about 25% of the Victorian workforce, and Industrial Relations Minister Rob Hulls said other workplaces would be encouraged to use the standard.

Under its new IR plan Labor will:

  • Encourage conciliation of workplace disputes by reinstating a 72-hour ‘cooling off' period, removed by WorkChoices, before parties can enter into expensive and drawn-out litigation
  • Protect workers from discrimination if they question their wages and conditions
  • Legislate to prevent employers making unauthorised deductions from employees' pay
  • Ensure contractors in the building industry have sufficient information about any contract they are offered, and
  • Strengthen the registration system for labour hire and temporary employment businesses

Industrial Relations Minister, Rob Hulls, said new measures to be introduced by Labor to make workplaces more family friendly include:

  • Helping parents of young children return to work by making it unlawful to discriminate on the grounds of family responsibility. This will allow parents to request flexible working arrangements.
  • Creating a Working Families Council to promote employment practices that help balance work and family time.
  • Legislating to provide greater protection for workers who raise safety issues or suffer a workplace injury.

Liberal policies

Liberal Leader Ted Baillieu's industrial policy promises to:

  • Enhance workplace flexibility by upholding the rule of law, providing freedom and protection for all, tackling the misuse of trade union power and removing Labor's intrusive industrial relations bureaucracy and legislation to ensure Victoria is a good place to invest and grow a business
  • Repeal the section of the Long Service Leave Act, introduced under Labor, which forces employers to pay long service leave termination payments to employees dismissed for ‘serious and wilful misconduct'

Victoria's industrial relations powers were handed over to the Federal Government by then Liberal leader Jeff Kennett in the 1990s.

Policies

Labor's IR policy

The Liberals industrial policy

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