The introduction of a number of workplace changes has been delayed following the intervention of business groups.
The changes, which would have allowed for increased scope of arbitration of intractable disputes, were widely condemned, and the Workplace Minister Bill Shorten announced that the proposed changes to the Fair Work Act in relation to arbitration of disputes would be delayed until the winter parliamentary session.
The Business Council of Australia was outspoken on the proposed amendments, and said the changes were not in the national interest. “The proposed amendments will put further stress on businesses struggling to adjust to competitiveness pressures, and will do nothing to support jobs, investment and productivity,” the BCA said in a statement.
The decision to delay any legislation now means that changes sought by business groups in relation to greenfield projects will also be delayed.
Alongside the announcement Shorten also outlined proposed changes to the act including increased right for employees to request flexible hours, new powers for the Fair Work Commission to handle bullying complaints and the right for unions to meet workers in lunchrooms.