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AUSTRALIA MUST MAINTAIN WORKPLACE REFORM MOMENTUM Λ . . (_ !*Ί ί -The Business Council of Australia today welcomed the release of the Federal Coalition's workplace reform policy which reaffirms its support for the continuation of the enterprise-focus of the workplace relations system

The Executive Director, David Buckingham, said the Business Council, which represents over 100 CEOs of Australia's largest companies, contended Australia's business faced a tough road to remain competitive in the current economic climate

Mr Buckingham said that there had been broad consensus now for almost a decade between the Coalition and the ALP. Both parties have recognised that jobs growth, job security and business performance all benefit from a more flexible, enterprise bargaining-based system.

‘While there may be differences on Implementation issues, the support both parties have shown for a more decentralised industrial relations system has produced major benefits for the community."

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"Now is not time to break that consensus."

Mr Buckingham said, “a simplified agreement system and devolution of more responsibility to the local level were the hallmarks of the contemporary workplace."

• "If Australia is to advance through the coming decade, both business and employees need every chance they can get. Improved labour productivity can only be achieved through a genuine enterprise system. Without continuing improvements in the way in which we work, without a workforce that can apply its

skills flexibly across an enterprise and without a direct link between effort and reward, Australia faces a very real risk of declining living standards.”

Mr Buckingham said, "there is strong community support for the enterprise bargaining system.”

"Most employees and employers just want to get on with the job In front of them "

"The evolving workplace system is serving them well, contributing to improved skills, improving productivity through Increasing flexibility and flowing on what are broadly sustainable wage movements."

"The low level of industrial action is no doubt partly a result of vital changes we have made to important laws, such as the secondary boycott provisions of the Trade Practices Act,” Mr Buckingham said.

"Given Australia is at a critical juncture in its economic life, we should be re­ affirming this direction In workplace relations, not retreating from It.'

. The complete text of the BCAs Workplace Relations Policy Is available on the b c a homepage - bca.com.au.

Friday 25 September 1998 For further Information, contact Vicki Flannery: 03-9610 4222 or 0418-33 2272

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