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IR changes a 'wink and a nod' to exploitation

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 13 Nov 2006

The Greens have dismissed the latest round of Government changes to workplace laws as a further erosion of the rights of working Australians.

"The Greens will move amendments to protect sick leave and annual leave, and ensure that the right to work a standard 38-hour week is protected," Senator Siewert said.

"Removing the obligation to accurately record the hours their employees work is extremely dangerous. Work Choices already makes it possible for the 38 hour week to be 'averaged' over a year.  Now the Government is saying it's fine if employers don't keep track of the hours actually worked. This is a wink and a nod for exploitation."

Senator Siewert also flagged serious concerns over proposals for cashing out sick leave and carers leave, and the new provisions allowing employers to stand-down workers without pay.

 "The Government has again ticked off a Chamber of Commerce and Industry wishlist and ignored the needs of Australian working families," Senator Rachel Siewert said.

"The Greens remain committed to striking a fair balance between the interests of employers and employees," Senator Siewert said.

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