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Fairfax needs to listen: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader and workplace relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP has expressed support for striking Fairfax workers and called on Fairfax management to listen to their concerns.

"Local newspapers need local journos," Mr Bandt said.

"It is clear that the new media environment means change is inevitable but it is important newspapers don't skimp on quality in adapting to change. Companies that can work with the workforce and include them in decisions are more likely to thrive."

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Greens move bill to protect local jobs from Rinehart-style EMA deals

Greens Deputy Leader and workplace relations spokesperson Adam Bandt says the government's deal with Gina Rinehart has revealed the threat to local jobs from Enterprise Migration Agreements (EMA).

Mr Bandt says the Greens will give notice of legislation today to regulate EMAs and ensure that the government and employers are required to put local jobs first.

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Rinehart leg-up bad for Oz workers: Bandt

The government's decision to allow 1700 low-skilled overseas workers at Gina Rinehart's Roy Hill mine is bad for Australian workers, Greens Deputy Leader and workplace relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said today.

"Australia's migration program has been outsourced to big business at the expense of Australian families and workers," Mr Bandt said. 

"There are some super wealthy individuals in this country who are great at self interest, but no good at the national interest."

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ACTU support for Greens welcomed: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader and employment spokesperson, Adam Bandt, today welcomed the ACTU's National Congress' adoption of new policies, which reflect the Greens' position on workplace relations.

Mr Bandt said that in a number of respects (see download below) the ACTU's new policies reflect bills the Greens currently have before parliament.

"I welcome the ACTU adopting many of the Greens' policies," Mr Bandt said.

"When it comes to protecting peoples' rights at work, the Abbott-proof fence is painted Green."

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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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