||Issue No. 269||24 June 2005|
Truth In Advertising
Interview: The Baby Drought
Industrial: Lies, AWAs and Statistics
Workplace: The Invisible Parents
History: Bruce’s Big Blunder
Politics: All God's Children
Economics: Spun Out
International: Shakey Trials
Legal: Civil Distrubance
Review: Crash Course In Racism
Poetry: You're Fired
The Locker Room
Stuck for words
More care, less scare
Do or die time
China throws in Mao’s towel
Don’t strike out strikes
Academics Give an F
To argue economic progress through stripping away workers’ rights is not underpinned by reality, according to the academics from eight universities around Australia.
A major finding is that overseas evidence indicates Australia's system of collective bargaining, which the government is trying to discourage, has delivered strong economic benefits.
The report also states there is no evidence that more flexible forms of employment, as advocated by the government, lead to greater productivity.
The group's convener Professor Russell Lansbury said the reforms took the low road with the economy, cutting wages and conditions, rather than the high road to a high value-added economy with committed workers.
Further, these reforms would do nothing to fix the nation's skill shortage or lower unemployment.
Put simply, "If you create crap jobs you get a crap economy," according to Griffith University's Emeritus Professor Peter Brosnan.
The report also condemns the effect the reforms would have on the community, individuals and families.
Professor Lansbury said the reforms would damage the fabric of Australian society, worsening the balance between work and family, by encouraging poorly-paid jobs with irregular hours and little security.
The reforms would widen the gap between rich and poor, creating a society of haves and have-nots.
"The Howard government would do well to learn from past experience that industrial relations policy is more than creating a competitive economy but ensuring social cohesion and fairness is achieved for the long-term prosperity and stability of Australian society as a whole - and not just for a small minority," Professor Lansbury said.
There is no evidence to support the Federal Government's claim that removal of unfair dismissal laws would create more jobs, according to a Senate report released this week
Democrats Senator Andrew Murray said the 'Unfair dismissal and small business employment' report showed the government's claim 50,000 to 77,000 jobs would be created was a myth.
"If the case for ending essential employment rights rests on large-scale job creation you will search in vain for convincing empirical data," he said.
The report stems from a Democrats motion passed last year.
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