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Labor joins government to vote down work/life balance

Labor joins government to vote down work/life balance

Labor Senators joined with the government and members of the crossbench to vote down the Greens’ moves to give people greater control of their work/life balance and greater security for casual workers, particularly those in tertiary education. The amendments were moved in the Senate by Victorian Greens Senator Janet Rice to the Fair Work Amendment Bill 2014.

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Greens introduce bill to help prevent future 7-Eleven style worker exploitation

Greens industrial relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today introduced into Parliament a bill to help prevent franchise employees from being underpaid in the future by making head office franchisors share liability for their franchisees’ underpayments.

“Something is wrong with our system when the boss of 7-Eleven is a billionaire but its workers are getting paid under $10 an hour and threatened with deportation,” Mr Bandt said.

“By allowing workers to claim any underpayments directly from head office, this law will help bring about a culture shift.”

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We’ll be in a ‘seven day economy’ when Parliament regularly sits on weekends: Bandt

In response to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s comments today on weekend rates, Greens spokesperson on industrial relations Adam Bandt MP today said that it will only be a “seven day economy” when Parliament regularly sits on weekends.

“I’ll believe that Saturday and Sunday no longer deserve the same special treatment when Parliament regularly sits on weekends,” Mr Bandt said.

“A ‘seven day economy’ doesn’t mean a seven day working week. The important parts of the weekend should be preserved and if you have to work, you should be paid properly for it.”

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Weekend rates are a right, not a private school privilege: Greens

Greens workplace relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that weekend rates are a right, not a privilege for private school fees, and Labor linking the two is a losing strategy.

“Forget about private school, without weekend rates many people couldn’t pay the rent,” Mr Bandt said.

“With youth allowance so low and housing costs so high, many young people rely on weekend and penalty rates to pay the rent, stay in study and have enough to eat.”

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PM must ditch IR bills that ‘wage war with unions’ and workers

Greens industrial relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to ditch the industrial relations bills the government has been trying to get through the Senate. The Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2014 and the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 have both been rejected by the Senate and the Fair Work Amendment Bill 2014 is currently before the Senate.

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Senate Committee agrees to Greens call for 7-Eleven special hearing

Greens industrial relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today welcomed news that the Senate Inquiry into temporary work visa programmes has agreed to the Greens’ call to host a special hearing into reports of worker exploitation by 7-Eleven.

“Over the last week, we have heard more and more reports about the rampant exploitation of 7-Eleven workers across the country,” Mr Bandt said.

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Abbott must put Royal Commission out of its misery: Bandt

Greens industrial relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today called on the Prime Minister to terminate the Trade Union Royal Commission following Dyson Heydon’s decision to stay on as the head of the TURC. Mr Bandt said that if the Prime Minister insists on continuing an inquiry, he must open up any new appointment and terms of reference to the Parliament.

“Agreeing to attend a Liberal fundraiser doesn’t pass the pub test. The Commissioner deciding himself that he’s not biased won’t change that,” Mr Bandt said.

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Government on a hiding to nothing with its IR agenda: Greens

Greens Member for Melbourne and industrial relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said the government is on a hiding to nothing after the Senate’s rejection of two key parts of its industrial relations agenda yesterday. The Senate voted down the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2014 for a second time and the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013.

“The Senate is standing up for democracy and saying we won’t have separate penalties for unions and fewer rights for people who work in the construction industry,” Mr Bandt said.

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Senate stands up for rights at work

Greens Member for Melbourne and industrial relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said the Senate had stood up for democracy by voting down the bill to re-establish the ABCC.

“Today the Senate stood up for democracy and the rule of law and rejected the government’s push to re-establish the ABCC,” Mr Bandt said.

“They Senate has made it clear that people won’t have fewer rights at work just because of the industry they work in.”

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Woolworths Laverton dispute shows we need to change Fair Work laws: Bandt

Greens industrial relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today supported the Woolworths Laverton workers taking action and said this dispute adds further weight for the government to amend the Fair Work Act.

“In an economy where the unemployment rate is high and people are facing an uncertain future for their jobs, I can understand the stress and anxiety these workers are feeling,” Mr Bandt said.

“They and their families are depending on secure work for their livelihoods and it’s no wonder they are taking action to stand up for their jobs.”

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