Government fails to listen on employment changes

The Government has failed to listen to public concerns on changes to employment law, says the Council of Trade Unions. The report back on  their two bills show no significant changes to plans to remove appeal rights from all employees in their first 90 days, restrict union access to workplaces, allow employers to demand a medical certificate for a single day’s absence, and encourage the sale of the fourth week’s annual leave.

“More than 8000 people took the trouble to register their opposition to these unfair and unnecessary changes by making a submission to the Select Committee,” said CTU President Helen Kelly. Thousands, including hundreds of Finsec members, participated in activity on October 20 to oppose the changes.

“The vast majority of submissions pointed out that the effect of the changes will be to reduce productivity, breed disharmony and mistrust in the workplace, and depress wage growth and the country’s ability to even keep pace with Australian salaries.”

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