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JO H N H O W A R D , M.P.

M E M B E R FOR B E N N E L O N G

NEWS RELEASE SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, EMPLOYMENT 6. TRAINING

IRET 65/91

NO WORKPLACE BARGAINING

Today's national wage decision does not mean the introduction of true workplace bargaining in Australia.

This will only occur with adoption of the Coalition's policy which would enable individual employers and their employees to enter into employment contracts without the mandatory intervention of a union, an employer organisation or an

industrial tribunal.

Quite clearly today's decision did not go anywhere near that far.

This was because the present industrial relations law does not permit employment contracts of the type contemplated by the Coalition.

However, the Commission's decision will provide further flexibility within the severe limitations of the present system. To that extent, and that extent only, the decision is to be welcomed.

The very limitations of the decision emphasise the continuing need for major overhaul of our industrial relations approach.

Until genuine workplace bargaining is embraced we can never achieve the productivity breakout Australia so desperately needs.

MELBOURNE 30 October 1991

COMMONWEALTH j PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY MIC AH I