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Action needed on insecure work: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader and employment spokesperson Adam Bandt, today urged national action on insecure employment, backing calls from former Deputy Prime Minister, Brian Howe.

"Insecure and precarious working arrangements are damaging lives and families," Mr Bandt said.

"We're creating generations of people locked out of home ownership. When you can't plan on having a regular income, it's harder to get a mortgage or even a good rental property."

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Govt reneging on skills promise

Greens MP and employment and industry spokesperson, Adam Bandt, says the government is ignoring commitments made at Budget time last year to train Australian workers.

The Greens warned at the time that the government's skills package could lead to the mining industry ignoring Australian workers and our worst fears seem to be coming true, Mr Bandt said.

Mr Bandt called for the urgent fast-tracking of a National Skills Register that would help find work for skilled people in the non-mining states on mining and resource projects.

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ACTU backs Bandt bill on work-life balance

Greens MP and workplace relations spokesperson Adam Bandt has welcomed support of the ACTU and workplace academics for his Work-Life Balance Bill in evidence to a House of Representatives inquiry today.

The Standing Committee on Education and Employment held a public inquiry into the Fair Work Amendment (Better Work/Life Balance) Bill 2012 today.

"I welcome the support of the ACTU for my bill today", Mr Bandt said today.

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Adam backs Victorian Nurses

Right now nurses in my electorate of Melbourne and across the state of Victoria are being forced lift to work bans they have put in place at a number of hospitals.

The decision of Fair Work Australia to order the lifting of the bans again highlights the disadvantage of state employees, such as nurses, because they work in an essential service.

Nurses, midwives and mental health nurses save lives and care for people.

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Bandt introduces Job Security and Fairer Bargaining Bill

Greens MP Adam Bandt has introduced legislation in Parliament to give Fair Work Australia the power to help resolve the nurses' dispute and limit powerful employers like Qantas using lockout as a legal tactic. The Fair Work (Job Security and Fairer Bargaining) Amendment Bill 2012 also requires Fair Work Australia to take job security into account when making decisions.

"It is time to redress the balance in our workplaces that allows powerful employers to use strong arm industrial tactics to avoid fair bargaining over key issues like nurse/patient ratios," Mr Bandt said.

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Bandt welcomes appointment of new FWA president

Greens employment and workplace relations spokesperson, Adam Bandt, has welcomed the appointment today of Iain Ross to the position of President of Fair Work Australia.

"Iain Ross brings a wealth of experience and capacity to this job," Mr Bandt said.

"In my time as an industrial lawyer, I dealt with him both as a Vice President of the AIRC and later an adversary. I am sure he will excel in this important role."

Mr Bandt also welcomed the appointment of new Deputy Presidents Greg Smith and Anna Booth as well as other new Commissioners.

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Law change needed to help nurses: Bandt

Responding to Minister Shorten's statement on the nurses dispute Greens MP and workplace relations spokesperson Adam Bandt says Minister Shorten needs to do more than just talk.

Mr Bandt says urging the parties into a private arbitration won't change the intransigence of the Victorian Government and won't overcome the legal barriers to Fair Work arbitrating on nurse/patient ratios. He has urged Mr Shorten to get behind his bill to allow Fair Work to settle the dispute.

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Bandt moves bill to resolve nurses dispute

Greens MP and workplace relations spokesperson Adam Bandt says the nurses dispute could be resolved if the Gillard government backs his Fairer Bargaining Bill to be introduced into Parliament on Monday.

Mr Bandt says that workers in essential services, like nurses, are unfairly disadvantaged because their rights to take industrial action are limited and Fair Work Australia is barred from arbitrating on key issues such as nurse/patient ratios.

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Government baulked on removing ABCC coercive powers: Bandt

Greens MP and employment spokesperson Adam Bandt says the government lacked courage to remove coercive powers from the controversial Australian Building and Construction Commission. Mr Bandt said the government accepted some changes to the laws but unfortunately the bill that passed the house failed to restore equal rights to workers in the industry.

Bandt unsuccessfully moved amendments to remove the coercive powers. He also tried to limit the powers to more serious offences carrying a penalty of 12 months imprisonment.

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Qantas cuts mean Fair Work Act must change: Bandt

Greens MP and industry and employment spokesperson Adam Bandt has said Qantas decision to cut jobs was made possible by Australia's unfair industrial relations laws. Qantas used an industrial atom bomb last year to avoid bargaining over job security by maintenance workers, Mr Bandt said.

Mr Bandt said his bill to amend the Fair Work Act would make job security an object of the Fair Work Act and limit employers' ability to use lockouts as a legal tactic.

"Qantas is continuing its off-shoring plan", Mr Bandt said.

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