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Modest reform of labour laws



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The Government’s new package commits it to a pursuit of a set of modest and incremental changes. It is not radical, nor is it the fundamental reform which is required and which has been proposed by ACCI.

Most of the changes proposed appear to be broadly positive in their nature, including proposals to simplify our complex agreement approval processes, to strengthen the legal responses to unprotected action, to provide some protection to State enterprise agreements,

to again attempt to put more balance into the unfair dismissal regime so that it is not such an impediment to new employment, and proposals to protect age based junior rates on a permanent basis.

A lot of the detail remains to be settled but the proposals are, in the main, positive and in the right direction.

Nevertheless, it has to be said that the proposals are modest and do not go far enough.

There will be predictable cries of outrage from trade unions, but that should not be allowed to disguise the fact that the Government is proposing not an overhaul of industr ial laws but something more in the nature of a polish or fine-tuning.

A polish or fine-tuning will not address our unemployment problems, but will leave them as they currently are.

For further comment: Mark Paterson 02 6273 2311 (B/H)

6 May 1999

MODEST REFORM OF LABOUR LAWS

Statement by Mark Paterson, Chief Executive

Chief Executive 0419215 037 (mobile)

Bryan Noakes Executive Director

03 9289 5289 (B/H) 0417 547 221 (A/H)

MR 17/99

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