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Fair Work Bill delivers for the Territory.



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M e d i a R e l e a s e THE HON. WARREN SNOWDON MP Federal Member for Lingiari 26th November 2008 FAIR WORK BILL DELIVERS FOR THE TERRITORY Member for Lingiari, the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP, has welcomed the introduction of the Rudd Labor Government’s substantive workplace relations legislation, the Fair Work Bill, into the Australian Parliament. “The Fair Work Bill delivers for Territorians on the Rudd Government’s promise to replace the Workplace Relations Act 1996,” Mr Snowdon said. For Territorians the Bill means: o a fair and comprehensive safety net of minimum employment conditions; o a system that has at its heart bargaining in good faith at the enterprise level; o protections from unfair dismissal for all employees; o protection for the low-paid; o the ability to balance work and family life; o and the right to be represented in the workplace. “The Bill delivers on the Government's commitment to establish a new independent industrial umpire, Fair Work Australia, for advice and support on all workplace relations issues and enforcement of legal entitlements. “This is especially relevant in the Territory for workers trying to make ends met on minimum wages. Entitlements need to be protected,” said Mr Snowdon. “Ten legislated conditions guaranteed by the Fair Work Bill and a further 10 award conditions will be welcomed by Territory employees.” Unfair Dismissal for harsh or unjust termination is restored but with concessions to small business in the form of a 12 month employee probation period for firms with fewer than 15 employees and six months for firms with 15 or more employees. “This is good news. The system has been simplified. The Fair Work Bill introduces a fairer workplace relations system for workers and employers from Gove to Yulara.” For more information view www.workplace.gov.au Media Contact: Kate Sieper 0488 484 689