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Abolition of tallies reduces red tape, not rights.



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THE HON TONY ABBOTT MP

MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT, WORKPLACE RELATIONS AND SMALL BUSINESS

 

Media Release

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Abolition of tallies reduces red tape, not rights The Workplace Relations Amendment (Tallies) Bill 2000 passed today abolishes award-based tallies which are a big disincentive to productivity and efficiency in the meat processing industry.

It should boost pay and conditions in a $9 billion a year industry.

“We are removing red tape, not rights,” Mr Abbott said.

The legislation delivers on the Government’s election commitment to award simplification. The policy was advocated by the former Keating Labor government between 1993 and 1996 and is one that should be bi-partisan.

Over 18 months ago, the Australian Industrial Relations Commission decided in principle that the tally payment system should be removed from the major meat processing industrial award, because it is complex, outdated and restricts the efficient performance of work.

The Opposition has resisted these changes because the tally system was, according to the Journal of Industrial Relations, “…the method by which the union controls the pace of throughput of the plant in a shift”.   Today’s passage will mean that clauses in other meat industry awards which provide for tallies will cease to have effect within 12 months after the Bill comes into operation.

 

For further information contact:

Simone Holzapfel 0417 656 668

 

 

7/03/01