Opposition releases workplace relations policy

by Stephanie Zillman09 May 2013

The opposition has finally release its industrial relations policy, pledging once and for all it will not repeal the Fair Work Act.

Should the Opposition come to power following September’s election, leader Tony Abbott has said the Coalition will ‘improve’ the current legislation.

According to the Coalition’s Policy to Improve the Fair Work Laws, released today, there will not be any further changes to unfair dismissal laws or measures to set penalty rates in the first term of a Coalition government.

Key points of the Coalition's policy

  • The current Fair Work system would remain in place
  • There would be changes to the Paid Parental Leave Scheme – namely, mothers six months leave based on their actual wage
  • Increased penalties for unions and officials to equal company penalties
  • The Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) would be restored to act as watchdog commercial building sites and construction projects
  • Unions' access to workplaces would be restricted.
  • Removal of the ability to restrict the use of Labor’s Individual Flexibility Arrangements in enterprise agreements.
  • Tightened negotiation timeframes for Greenfield agreements
  • Strikes would only be admissible following talks between parties.
  • Individual flexibility arrangements would be available to all workers.
  • Unfair dismissal laws would not change
  • Recommendations from the Fair Work Review would still be considered

The full policy can be read here

More to come.


  • by Anonymous 10/05/2013 7:27:42 AM

    Shame, but Fair Work does not care or help you anyway, they just redirect you to some other organisation !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I think all those currently in state and federal government - both sides of politician's should all take a 50% pay cut ! People are losing their jobs and these irresponsible politician's don't care, they are not doing their jobs and still get paid ??? If we didn't do our jobs we would be not be paid....SHAME SHAME

  • by Leo Close 14/05/2013 9:35:12 AM

    I disagree totally with "Anonymous" who submits on 10 May Fair Work "...does not care and 'redirects' you to some other organisation". I represent many employees unfairly dismissed and have always found the FWC conciliators extremely fair, empathetic and willing to encourage parties to settle. Maybe he/she has had a bad experience on an individual basis however, I feel the unfair dismissal process works well indeed. As long as the oppostion leaves it alone come September!!

  • by Anonymous 14/05/2013 4:08:20 PM

    I wish you were there for me. How come when you are made redundant, you only get paid 9.5% of your annual leave entitlements instead of 17.5%? Why are Non For Profit organisations allowed to audit themselves?

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