Employment & Workplace Relations
05 Jul 2007
"Today's decision by the Australian Fair Pay Commission on minimum wages demonstrates the core purpose of the Commission, like Work Choices itself is to keep wages down," said Senator Rachel Siewert, the Greens spokesperson on industrial relations.
25 Jun 2007
"Many single mums are being forced to drop out of degrees and take on huge debts since the Government changed its eligibility criteria for childcare assistance while studying," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.
20 Jun 2007
"There are still too many loopholes in the government's safety net for it to provide the protection that working families need," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.
The government refused to support Greens' amendments to fix a number of the glaring gaps that would have ensured a fairer and more robust safety net.
18 Jun 2007
Work Choices is bad law and it is bad policy. Work Choices has proved to be a disaster for many in the community, with the supposed economic benefits proving to be more spin than reality. One of the most objectionable and detrimental aspects of Work Choices is Australian workplace agreements and their undermining of collective bargaining.
14 Jun 2007
"With the government's so-called 'fairness' test for workplace agreements due before the Senate early next week, it is remarkable to reflect just how far Australia lags behind similar countries like Canada in protecting the rights of workers", said Senator Siewert.
13 Jun 2007
"The ACTU has the right to campaign in the election to change unfair workplace laws, and the real proof they are running a non-partisan campaign will come when they inform voters who has the best IR policies," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.
09 Jun 2007
The Australian Greens will be moving a series of amendments to put real fairness into the Government's 'fairness test' when the Government's Safety Net Bill is introduced into the Senate next week.
30 May 2007
"The ABS statistics released today on working hours show women are losing out in our workplaces," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.
"More women than men are working multiple jobs. 58% of employees who work more than one job are women. This startling statistic is a consequence of government policies that have reduced many women to needing to take more than one part-time job to make ends meet," she said.
"The government's Welfare to Work regime forces single mothers to take any job they are offered, while changes to the Job, Employment and Training (JET) program effectively prevents these women from studying and therefore reduces opportunities for better work. As a result many women are being forced into low paid unskilled jobs."
29 May 2007
"With increasing numbers of employers and employees struggling to negotiate the complex legislative tangle of Work Choices it makes little sense for the Government to cut the funding for workplace advice," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.
When Senator Siewert cross-examined the Office of the Employment Advocate (OEA) in Senate Estimates today they were unable to justify why they had cut funding to community legal centres (CLCs) for providing workplace advice.
"The Government claimed that they could provide the advice for better value for money, yet they have done no assessment of what value for money they provide and they continue to refer people to CLCs," said Senator Siewert.
29 May 2007
The Greens today reaffirmed their opposition to AWAs and statutory individual agreements in the wake of allegations that a company owned by Therese Rein underpaid employees on common law contracts.