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AWU raids are a dark day for democracy: Bandt

AWU raids are a dark day for democracy: Bandt

Greens industrial relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that the AWU raids mark a dark day for democracy and the rule of law. The Greens opposed the establishment of the Registered Organisations Commission and continue to call for a national broad based independent anti-corruption watchdog instead.

“These raids mark a dark day for democracy and the rule of law in this country,” said Mr Bandt.

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Penalty Rates decision shows labour laws broken and parliament must now override cuts: Bandt

Penalty Rates decision shows labour laws broken and parliament must now override cuts: Bandt 

Our labour laws are broken if they allow cuts to the wages of low paid workers and Parliament must now step in and back the Greens' move to override cuts to penalty rates, Greens workplace relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said today. 

Unions have lost their legal bid to overturn the Fair Work Commission's decision to cut penalty rates for hospitality, retail and fast-food workers.

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GREENS CALL FOR ROYAL COMMISSION INTO UNDERPAYMENT OF PENALTY RATES AND OTHER WAGE THEFT

Greens call for Royal Commission into Underpayment of Penalty Rates and Other Wage Theft

Following the release of a Senate Inquiry into penalty rates, Greens spokesperson for industrial relations Adam Bandt MP today announced that the Greens are calling for a Royal Commission to fully investigate the extent of wage theft and below-award payment in Australia.

It's becoming apparent that failings in our industrial laws have allowed some of Australia's biggest companies to pay workers at below award rates," said Mr Bandt. 

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MURDOCH UNIVERSITY EBA TERMINATION SHOWS EMPLOYMENT LAWS ARE BROKEN & URGENT CHANGE REQUIRED: BANDT

Murdoch University EBA termination shows employment laws are broken & urgent change required: Bandt

Greens employment spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that the recent decision of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to terminate Murdoch University’s Enterprise Agreement shows the Fair Work Act is broken and requires urgent legislative change. Equally concerning is Minister Birmingham’s insidious encouragement for other universities to follow suit.

“This unfair termination shows that our employment laws are broken,” said Mr Bandt.

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TURNBULL'S PUBLIC SERVICE CRACKDOWN IS STRAIGHT FROM THE TRUMP PLAYBOOK: BANDT

Turnbull's public service crackdown is straight from the Trump playbook: Bandt

Greens employment spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today slammed reports in The Australian that the Turnbull government will impose restrictions on public servants criticising his government on social media.

"There must have been a few paragraphs missing from the leaked Trump/Turnbull transcript, because this latest crackdown on the public service is straight from the Trump playbook," said Mr Bandt.

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Weekend penalty rates safe until December but legislation needed to protect for good: Bandt

Greens Employment and Industrial Relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that workers and their families across Australia will be relieved to hear that their weekend penalty rates are safe until at least December but that legislation is needed to protect people’s weekend rates into the future. Mr Bandt called on Labor and the Coalition to back the Greens’ call to enshrine existing penalty rates in legislation.

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High Court delivers government body blow with oil & gas project decision

Greens Employment & Industrial Relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today welcomed the High Court’s decision to rule against the government’s attempt to give fewer rights at work to people working on gas and oil projects in Australian waters and said the High Court has delivered the government a huge setback on day two of the new Parliament.

“The Greens welcome the High Court’s decision to stop the government removing rights at work from people working on offshore oil and gas projects in Australian seas,” Mr Bandt said.

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