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Greens out in front of union movement

The Australian Greens moved amendments to the Fair Work Bill in the Senate designed to achieve many of the outcomes the ACTU now, after the legislation has passed, wants to see from the government.

"The best way to ensure a fair industrial relations system was to try and amend the government's legislation when it was before the parliament," said Senator Siewert, Australian Greens industrial relations spokesperson.

"The Greens moved amendments to remove restrictions on the content of agreements, allow multi-employer bargaining, and provide for a genuine right to take industrial action. Senator Hanson-Young also has a Bill before the Senate for 26 weeks paid parental leave."

These are all matters that will be before the ACTU Congress next week, according to today's newspaper reports.

"The Australian Greens identified these significant problems with the Fair Work Bill during the course of the debate and moved to address them in the Senate," said Senator Siewert.

"It a shame that the ACTU didn't support the Greens' changes at the time, which would have truly established a fair industrial relations system in this country."

"The Greens will continue our campaign for genuinely fair and progressive industrial relations laws, including the immediate abolition of the ABCC," concluded Senator Siewert.

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