||Issue No. 253||25 February 2005|
And The Battle Begins
Economics: Super Seduction
Interview: Bono and Me
Unions: The Eight Hour Day and the Holy Spirit
Technology: From Widgets to Digits
Education: Dumb and Dumber
Health: No Place for the Young
History: The Work-In That Changed a Nation
Review: Dare to Win
Poetry: Labor's Dreaming
The Locker Room
Just One Thing
No Dosh For Rupert
Executions Not Fines
Howard Needs To Know
Andrews Apes Big End
As state Labor’s ministers vowed to oppose the government’s plan to nationalise industrial relations systems, Andrews let fly at awards, the independent umpire and the minimum wage.
In a major speech in Melbourne today outlining the Government's agenda for industrial relations reforms, Andrews claimed that ideas of 'fairness' in workplaces were 'misconceived' and that '...an emphasis on fairness only leads to regulatory excess and inefficiency'.
Detailing the Government's long-term agenda in workplace relations, Andrews said his vision of the workplace in five years time would have no place for unions or an independent umpipre.
"Decisions as to the type of employment arrangements entered into, be they part-time, full-time, permanent or casual, or contractually based, would be left to the parties themselves at the workplace level," Andrews says.
Andrews also endorsed the big business plan to wring more ouot of working families by:
· Undertaking a hostile take-over of all State industrial relations systems that currently cover about half the Australian workforce.
· Eliminating basic award protections that are reported to include long service leave, jury service leave, notice of termination, and superannuation provisions.
· Scrapping unfair dismissal laws, and
And abolishing the role of the independent AIRC in setting minimum wages and conditions and settling industrial disputes.
But Andrews was today sent a clear message that any take-over would take a messy constitutional fight, with state Labor IR ministers meeting in Sydney to coordinate their response.
NSW Minister for Industrial Relations, Mr John Della Bosca, chaired the meeting of state and territory Ministers in Sydney that vowed to fight the Commonwealth's bid to impose a federal system which is costly to business, unfair to workers and has the nation's worst record on disputes.
"The Federal Government's radical plan to implement a single national industrial relations system will be disastrous for small business, workers, regional communities and families," Della Bosca says.
"They will be forced into a complicated and expensive system based on workplace agreements which will favour big business but provide no safety net for those who most need it - small business, vulnerable workers and families who rely on flexible work practices to juggle child care arrangements.
"The arrogance of the Federal Government in planning to push such reforms through the Senate after July 1 will be matched by the determination of all Labor states and territories to stand up and be counted."
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