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Report shows awards centrally important to Australian workplaces

The Australian Greens today welcomed the second report from the Australia@Work project, highlighting the importance of awards in Australian workplaces.

"This report provides invaluable research and insights into the real problems facing people in today's Australian workplaces," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

"The report's findings on awards are particularly significant. Awards remain an historical and enduring legacy of Australia's unique workplace relations system, and are still of direct relevance to a large number of workers. Importantly, many workers earning more than $100 000 a year continue to rely on awards. Given these findings there is no justification for the Government's current policy of removing award protection for those workers."

"With workers reporting that awards determine their pay and conditions more than collective agreements, the integrity of the award system is vital for creating fair workplaces. The Greens have already expressed serious concerns about the deterioration of conditions through the award modernisation process," said Senator Siewert.

The Greens agree with the Report's findings that it is essential that awards are reviewed frequently and not just every four years.

"Another notable finding is that working hours continue to be a major problem for Australian workers, with some of the worst conditions in the OECD. Too many full time workers are working extremely long hours, whilst at the same time, many part time workers wish to work more hours."

"The Greens are very concerned that ‘Forward with Fairness' does not create the framework to address this vitally important issue for Australian workers and their families and calls on the Government to review their approach particular to awards," concluded Senator Siewert.

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A copy of the report can be downloaded here.

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