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Greens will oppose 'McCarthyist' building commission powers

Greens MP and employment and workplace relations spokesperson Adam Bandt says he will move to reinstate the rule of law by removing coercive powers from the government's building industry commission bill.

The Building and Construction Industry Improvement Amendment (Transition to Fair Work) Bill 2011 was introduced into the House of Representatives today.

"In a democracy, people in the building industry shouldn't have less rights than accused criminals," Mr Bandt said.

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Bandt moves to limit Qantas-style lockouts

Greens MP and employment and workplace relations spokesperson Adam Bandt will introduce a private members bill next sitting week to prevent future escalation of industrial disputes along the lines of the recent Qantas lockout.

The bill will close the loopholes in the Fair Work Act that allowed Qantas to hold a gun to the government's head by escalating to a lockout without any real notice.

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Government must now act to protect Qantas jobs: Bandt

Greens MP and workplace relations spokesperson, Adam Bandt, has called on the Workplace Relations Minister to detail plans to protect local jobs from Qantas off-shoring.

Mr Bandt also called on Qantas CEO Allan Joyce to give back his giant pay rise as a way of mending his relationship with the public and his workforce.

"Qantas always wanted to avoid a negotiated outcome and now the government has helped them get what they want", Mr Bandt said.

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Government shouldn't be taking sides on Qantas

In 2001, when Ansett was placed into administration and the entire fleet subsequently grounded, I spent weeks working around the clock to help get the airline flying again and preserve as many jobs as possible.

I was a lawyer for some of the key unions involved and one of our first tasks was to help install an administrator that would get the planes back in the air. It was widely accepted that grounding the planes was a very bad business move, as goodwill and brand image can be irreparably damaged.

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Bandt flies flag for seafarers

Greens MP and workplace relations spokesperson Adam Bandt has successfully amended legislation before the Federal Parliament to protect seafarer's right to sick pay.

Moving the amendment to the Navigation Amendment Bill 2011, Mr Bandt said "seafarers should not have to be ill for seven days before they get protection."

"The Greens support the Navigation Bill. It will implement into Australian law a number of important provisions in the Maritime Labour Convention," Mr Bandt told Parliament late last night.

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Peter Reith reveals real Coalition agenda on IR: Bandt

Greens MP and workplace relations spokesperson Adam Bandt says Peter Reith has revealed the Coalition's real industrial relations agenda at the National Press Club today.

"Peter Reith has revealed the Coalition's real agenda," Mr Bandt said today.

"Instead of investing in education, infrastructure and innovation to lift productivity, the Coalition is banging the same old drum, insisting that people must have fewer rights and work longer and harder."

"If the Coalition wants to take that policy to the election, good luck to them."

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Firefighters cancer law a step closer: Bandt

Greens MP Adam Bandt has welcomed the support of a Senate Inquiry into his Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment (Fair Protection for Firefighters) Bill 2011.

Mr Bandt said the inquiry report meant all Parliamentarians should now get behind the bill and move it rapidly through the Parliament.

"The Senate inquiry has backed the bill which is co-sponsored by Liberal and Labor backbenchers, and I hope their parties now throw their support behind it," Mr Bandt said.

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Greens move for manufacturing jobs inquiry

Greens MP and employment and industry spokesperson Adam Bandt released terms of reference for a Joint Select Committee Inquiry into Australian jobs and manufacturing.

"If best the government can do on jobs is a one day talkfest than the manufacturing sector is in big trouble," Mr Bandt said today.

"It is left to the Greens to put forward a proposal for a proper inquiry into manufacturing."

"I will give notice today of motion to establish a join select committee on Australian Jobs and Manufacturing."

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