Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Here comes Work Choices Mark II?

This is The Australian reporting on Federal Small Business Minister Bruce Billson on 30 October 2013:



The primary aim of WorkChoices was to individualise employment relations and, as a consequence, to marginalise both trade unions and industrial tribunals. Further aims of WorkChoices included:
To offer employers greater flexibility in the terms and conditions on which they could employ workers;
To reduce the role played by the Australian Industrial Relations Commission in determining employment conditions and resolving industrial disputes;
To make it more difficult for unions to enter workplaces or organise industrial action; and
To reduce the exposure of employers to unfair dismissal claims.
The system was heavily criticised on the basis that many low-income earners and small business employees were being hurt by the legislation. They argued that as a result of WorkChoices they were losing conditions at work, penalty rates and overtime were being taken away, and too many of them were being unfairly dismissed, with little remedial action available.

Treatment of Grafton workers lower than a snake's belly 6 February 2009:

Directors of companies used to hire workers for the parent company operating Grafton abattoir are still giving former workers (sacked without receiving their due entitlements) the runaround.
It seems that no-one is taking responsibility.
And now Liberals MP Bronwyn Bishop is jumping on the bandwagon with offers of help.
Yep, Bronnie - you helped set up the WorkChoices legislation which virtually encouraged employers to shaft workers and now you want to help.
Too little, too late, mate.

WorkChoices was replaced by the Fair Work Act which came into operation on 1 July 2009.

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