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Cash must put money where mouth is for women’s work/life balance

Following Minister for Women Michaelia Cash’s comments on flexibility for women re-entering the workforce during the ‘International Women’s Day Address’, Greens Employment & Industrial Relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today called on Minister Cash to get behind the Greens’ plan to give people more control over their work/life balance.

“Minister for Women Michaelia Cash talked big on making employers consider flexible workplace arrangements for women during her ‘International Women’s Day Address’ today, yet didn’t commit to how she would do it,” Mr Bandt said.

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Unemployment rises as Morrison stalls

Greens Treasury spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said unemployment figures released today showing joblessness rising to 6 per cent, coupled with Treasurer Scott Morrison’s visionless accounting lecture yesterday, should ring alarm bells.

“Unemployment rising to 6 per cent coupled with Treasurer Scott Morrison’s visionless rambling yesterday should ring alarm bells for everyone who wants a secure and meaningful job,” Mr Bandt said.

“Yesterday the Treasurer promised a vision for supporting people in a transitioning economy but all we got was a bad accounting lecture.”

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Greens move for House to decline ABCC bill in favour for broad-based anti-corruption watchdog

Greens Industrial Relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today moved for the House of Representatives to decline the ABCC bill and instead support establishing a national broad-based anti-corruption watchdog that would have the power to investigate corruption wherever it occurs. “Malcolm Turnbull should walk away from his plan to give construction workers fewer rights than alleged criminals and instead establish a national broad-based anti-corruption watchdog,” Mr Bandt said.

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Greens reject government’s ridiculous TURC secret volume offer

Greens Industrial Relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said the Greens Party Room has rejected the government’s last minute offer for one member of the Greens Party Room to view the secret volume of the Trade Union Royal Commission report.

Mr Bandt said the offer that came through late last night was verging on the ridiculous and called on the government to treat all Members of Parliament equally.

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Turnbull’s first priority to attack people’s rights at work: Greens

Greens Industrial Relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said Malcolm Turnbull’s first priority is attacking people’s rights at work after announcing his government will bring back the bill to establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission as the first item of Parliamentary business this year.

“Instead of legislating for marriage equality or strong action on climate change, Malcolm Turnbull’s first priority is to attack people’s rights at work,” Mr Bandt said.

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‘Enterprise contracts’ would dramatically undermine minimum standards: Greens

Greens industrial relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said the Liberal government’s consideration of adopting enterprise contracts for medium-size businesses would dramatically undermine workplace legal minimum standards.

“With about half of the Australian workforce employed in small and medium businesses, the Liberal government’s idea to allow some companies to contract out of legal minimum standards would dramatically undermine people’s rights at work,” Mr Bandt said.

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Government ‘crackdown’ on exploiting employers set to be all talk

Responding to reports that the government will announce a Ministerial Working Group on the exploitation of people on working visas, Greens industrial relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said this ‘crackdown’ looks set to just be all talk. Mr Bandt called on the government to support his Private Member’s Bill currently before the Parliament that will help prevent the 7-Eleven style of worker exploitation from occurring in future.

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Crossbenchers and government deny workers voice in big project negotiations

Greens industrial relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said he is disappointed that crossbench Senators joined with the Coalition to deny workers on big projects a voice on their wages and conditions. Crossbench Senators voted with the government to pass the amended Fair Work Amendment Bill 2014 today.

“It is disappointing that crossbench Senators have done a deal with the government that denies workers on big projects a voice on their wages and conditions,” Mr Bandt said.

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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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