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Julia Gillard and Sharan Burrow wrong again.



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Contact: Emma Needham - Media Adviser - 0400 334 091

Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600 Tel: (02) 6277 7320 Fax: (02) 6273 4115

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The Hon Joe Hockey MP MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT

AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS

-MEDIA RELEASE

Saturday 10 November 2007

Julia Gillard and Sharan Burrow wrong again

The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, the Hon Joe Hockey MP, says Julia Gillard and Sharan Burrow are putting their own self interest ahead of Australian workers.

It is farcical that Julia Gillard and Sharan Burrow are rubbishing a system that is providing real protections.

All they care about is getting unions back into every workplace and sacking the independent umpire if Labor is elected.

They don’t understand the Fairness Test process, as evidenced by their complete misrepresentation of the latest data from the Workplace Authority.

The fact is that 4.5 per cent of agreements that have been finalised have failed and cease to operate.

Importantly, those workers are still protected as their agreements have been referred to the Workplace Ombudsman to ensure they receive their correct entitlements and any backpay.

In the past month the Workplace Authority increased processing by 65% and is now process agreements as quickly as they are being lodged.

Some media reports today are not right and involve double counting.

The October data released by the Workplace Authority yesterday shows a marked improvement which we expect to continue:

• 4.5 per cent of agreements that have been finalised have failed and cease to operate.

• Importantly, those workers are still protected as their agreements have been referred to the Workplace Ombudsman to ensure they receive their correct entitlements and any backpay.

• The Workplace Authority is now processing agreements at the same rate they are coming in - this positive trend will continue.

• In the past month the Workplace Authority only had to ask for further information from 6 per cent (1642 out 29,089) of agreements.

Contact: Emma Needham - Media Adviser - 0400 334 091

Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600 Tel: (02) 6277 7320 Fax: (02) 6273 4115

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The Hon Joe Hockey MP MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT

AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS

• AWAs continue to be lodged. There was an average of 17,300 AWAs lodged per month before May. There were 28,364 AWAs lodged in October.

• In the majority of cases, the reason Workplace Authority requires further information to check employees hours of work - not minimum standards.

This is how the process is meant to work.

The Workplace Authority works closely with employers to ensure the proper requirements are met.

Labor and the ACTU don’t understand how the system works.

Our workplace system is critical to a strong economy and low inflation.

What will happen to those workers if Julia Gillard and the union bosses move in and rip them up?

Who will be looking after the employees then?