Employment & Workplace Relations

 

The Greens are committed to finishing the job of abolishing John Howard’s Work Choices and creating fairness in our workplaces. 

Adam is using his knowledge and experience as a former industrial lawyer to work for positive reforms such as flexible working arrangements for workers and putting job security at the heart of the Fair Work Act.

 

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Low Paid in no-win situation under Work Choices

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.

"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.

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Studying single mums forced into child care debt

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.

"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.

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"Fairness" put to the test by the Greens

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.

"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.

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The Safety net that Wasn't

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.

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.

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Australia left behind on rights of workers

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.

"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.

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Greens: wait and see on ACTU campaign

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.

"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.

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Fairness Test? - What Fairness Test?

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.

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.

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The statistics Hockey didn't mention - women

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."

"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."

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Government cuts legal centre funds as demand for workplace advice rises

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.

"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.

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Dangers of individual contracts exposed

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.

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.

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