Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Current HansardDownload Current Hansard    View Or Save XMLView/Save XML

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment
Monday, 7 November 2005
Page: 0

To the Honourable Speaker of the House and Members of the House assembled in Parliament:

The petition of certain citizens of Australia draws the attention of the House to the fact that Australian employees will be worse off as a result of the Howard Government’s proposed changes to the industrial relations system.

The petitioners call upon the Howard Government to adopt a plan to produce a fair industrial relations system based on fairness and the fundamental principles of minimum standards, wages and conditions; safety nets; an independent umpire; the right to associate; and the right to collectively bargain.

The Petitioners therefore ask the House to ensure that the Howard Government:

(1)   Guarantees that no individual Australia employee will be worse off under proposed changes to the industrial relation system.

(2)   Allows the National Minimum Wage to continue to be set annually by the independent umpire, the Australian Industrial Relations Commission.

(3)   Guarantees that unfair dismissal law changes will not enable employers to unfairly sack employees.

(4)   Ensures that workers have the right to reject individual contracts and bargain for decent wages and conditions collectively.

(5)   Keeps in place safety nets for minimum wages and conditions.

(6)   Adopt Federal Labor’s principles to produce a fair system based on the fundamental principles on minimum standards, wages and conditions; safety nets; an independent umpire; the right to associate; and the right to collectively bargain.

by Mrs Irwin (from 62 citizens)