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Labor In Bid To Wind Back Employers Power
May 19th, 2017 at 12:52pm
 
Labor in bid to wind back employers’ power

    The Australian
    May 19, 2017


Federal Labor will seek to wind back the bargaining power of ­employers by restricting their ability to tear up pay deals when locked in disputes with unions.   Smiley

In a speech to be delivered today, opposition workplace relations spokesman Brendan O’Connor will announce a Labor government would seek to change the Fair Work Act to ­reduce the capacity of companies to terminate agreements and put workers back on reduced award conditions.

Aurizon, Esso Australia and AGL are among companies that have recently used the tactic in disputes with unions.

Mr O’Connor said Labor was concerned the Fair Work Commission’s termination of agreements gave employers a powerful weapon in their bargaining ­arsenal.

“Labor is very concerned that this has tipped the negotiating balance too far in the favour of employers,’’ he said.

“We are looking at how the Fair Work Act might be changed so that rather than resorting to the nuclear option of terminating agreements when negotiations fail, the system works to assist the parties to come to a resolution, and to do so on a level playing field.”

He said it had “become too easy, and too common” for employers to apply successfully to the commission to terminate agreements that had passed their nominal expiry date.

He said Labor was also very concerned some employers continue to subject their employees to legacy WorkChoices agreements, and their sub-award terms and conditions of employment.   Sad
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Reply #1 - May 19th, 2017 at 1:04pm
 
Who could forget the evil of WorkChoices?.   Sad
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Reply #2 - May 19th, 2017 at 1:09pm
 
whiteknight wrote on May 19th, 2017 at 12:52pm:
Labor in bid to wind back employers’ power

    The Australian
    May 19, 2017


Federal Labor will seek to wind back the bargaining power of ­employers by restricting their ability to tear up pay deals when locked in disputes with unions.   Smiley

In a speech to be delivered today, opposition workplace relations spokesman Brendan O’Connor will announce a Labor government would seek to change the Fair Work Act to ­reduce the capacity of companies to terminate agreements and put workers back on reduced award conditions.

Aurizon, Esso Australia and AGL are among companies that have recently used the tactic in disputes with unions.

Mr O’Connor said Labor was concerned the Fair Work Commission’s termination of agreements gave employers a powerful weapon in their bargaining ­arsenal.

“Labor is very concerned that this has tipped the negotiating balance too far in the favour of employers,’’ he said.

“We are looking at how the Fair Work Act might be changed so that rather than resorting to the nuclear option of terminating agreements when negotiations fail, the system works to assist the parties to come to a resolution, and to do so on a level playing field.”

He said it had “become too easy, and too common” for employers to apply successfully to the commission to terminate agreements that had passed their nominal expiry date.

He said Labor was also very concerned some employers continue to subject their employees to legacy WorkChoices agreements, and their sub-award terms and conditions of employment.   Sad


Another unfortunate symptom of declining real wages. Labor would be far better off looking at why wages growth performance is poor and come up with solutions. Stomping on employers under market pressure is a sure fire way to kick unemployment along.
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Reply #3 - May 19th, 2017 at 1:11pm
 
whiteknight wrote on May 19th, 2017 at 1:04pm:
Who could forget the evil of WorkChoices?.   Sad


Workchoices was just a disguise to wither the funding of their political opponents. A market based solution is not in the politician's DNA.
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Reply #4 - May 19th, 2017 at 1:56pm
 
crocodile wrote on May 19th, 2017 at 1:09pm:
whiteknight wrote on May 19th, 2017 at 12:52pm:
Labor in bid to wind back employers’ power

    The Australian
    May 19, 2017


Federal Labor will seek to wind back the bargaining power of ­employers by restricting their ability to tear up pay deals when locked in disputes with unions.   Smiley

In a speech to be delivered today, opposition workplace relations spokesman Brendan O’Connor will announce a Labor government would seek to change the Fair Work Act to ­reduce the capacity of companies to terminate agreements and put workers back on reduced award conditions.

Aurizon, Esso Australia and AGL are among companies that have recently used the tactic in disputes with unions.

Mr O’Connor said Labor was concerned the Fair Work Commission’s termination of agreements gave employers a powerful weapon in their bargaining ­arsenal.

“Labor is very concerned that this has tipped the negotiating balance too far in the favour of employers,’’ he said.

“We are looking at how the Fair Work Act might be changed so that rather than resorting to the nuclear option of terminating agreements when negotiations fail, the system works to assist the parties to come to a resolution, and to do so on a level playing field.”

He said it had “become too easy, and too common” for employers to apply successfully to the commission to terminate agreements that had passed their nominal expiry date.

He said Labor was also very concerned some employers continue to subject their employees to legacy WorkChoices agreements, and their sub-award terms and conditions of employment.   Sad


Another unfortunate symptom of declining real wages. Labor would be far better off looking at why wages growth performance is poor and come up with solutions. Stomping on employers under market pressure is a sure fire way to kick unemployment along.

A Job Guarantee would do a lot to fix the problem of unemployment and declining wages and also reduce spending on compliance measures and social security.

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