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Thursday, 30 May 1996
Page: 1371

To the Honourable President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled.

We the undersigned citizens respectfully submit that any reform to Australia's system of industrial relations should recognise the special needs of employees to be protected from disadvantage, exploitation and discrimination in the workplace.

We the petitioners oppose the Coalition policies which represent a fundamentally anti-worker regime and we call upon the Senate to provide an effective check and balance to the Coalition's legislative program by rejecting such a program and ensuring that:

1.   The existing powers of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) be maintained to provide for an effective independent umpire overseeing awards and workplace bargaining processes.

2.   Paid rate awards be preserved and capable of adjustment, as is currently the case in the legislation.

3.   The AIRC's powers to arbitrate and make awards must be preserved in the existing form and not be restricted to a stripped back set of minimum or core conditions.

In addition we support the ACTU/ANF campaign against the Coalition's proposals to dismantle other existing industrial protection.