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PRESS RELEASE

Australian Workplace Agreements - Boosting Your Income

Friday, 29th September, 2006

‘Seminars on how to make an agreement’

Senator Guy Barnett today urged interested employers and employees to attend seminars on how to make an Australian Workplace Agreement, being offered around the State from October 3 until November 10.

The seminars will be held by the Office of Employment Advocate at Hobart, Launceston, Sorell, Port Arthur, Huonville, Strahan, Queenstown, St Helens, Coles Bay, Smithton, Ulverstone and Campbell Town.

“This is a golden opportunity for the workforce to learn more about the WorkChoices reforms and how to strike an Australian Workplace Agreement and boost your income,” Senator Barnett said.

“It is a good opportunity to find out about benefits and legislated safeguards for both employees and employers, and how AWAs on average offer the workforce 48% higher income than those on awards,” Senator Barnett said. “Thousands of Tasmanians depend on AWAs. Since

WorkChoices was implemented in March this year the number of AWAs lodged per month has grown from 151 in April, to 403 in May, 428 in June, 580 in July and 749 in August. All up 2,230 have been lodged and approved between March and August. There are currently 23,826 AWAs operating in the State.

“More Tasmanians are embracing AWAs because they put more money into the pockets of employees. This is why it is outrageous that Kim Beazley has said he would abolish all AWAs if he won Government, with no consideration for how much income those currently on AWAs would lose,” Senator Barnett said.

In September last year the proportion of AWAs in the Tasmanian workforce was 9%, and as of March this year this penetration had grown to 10%, and against a national average of 6%.

Contact the Office of Employment Advocate: 1300 366 632 or www.oea.gov.au/events