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Senate Committee agrees to Greens call for 7-Eleven special hearing

Greens industrial relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today welcomed news that the Senate Inquiry into temporary work visa programmes has agreed to the Greens’ call to host a special hearing into reports of worker exploitation by 7-Eleven.

“Over the last week, we have heard more and more reports about the rampant exploitation of 7-Eleven workers across the country,” Mr Bandt said.

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Abbott must put Royal Commission out of its misery: Bandt

Greens industrial relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today called on the Prime Minister to terminate the Trade Union Royal Commission following Dyson Heydon’s decision to stay on as the head of the TURC. Mr Bandt said that if the Prime Minister insists on continuing an inquiry, he must open up any new appointment and terms of reference to the Parliament.

“Agreeing to attend a Liberal fundraiser doesn’t pass the pub test. The Commissioner deciding himself that he’s not biased won’t change that,” Mr Bandt said.

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Government on a hiding to nothing with its IR agenda: Greens

Greens Member for Melbourne and industrial relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said the government is on a hiding to nothing after the Senate’s rejection of two key parts of its industrial relations agenda yesterday. The Senate voted down the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2014 for a second time and the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013.

“The Senate is standing up for democracy and saying we won’t have separate penalties for unions and fewer rights for people who work in the construction industry,” Mr Bandt said.

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Senate stands up for rights at work

Greens Member for Melbourne and industrial relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said the Senate had stood up for democracy by voting down the bill to re-establish the ABCC.

“Today the Senate stood up for democracy and the rule of law and rejected the government’s push to re-establish the ABCC,” Mr Bandt said.

“They Senate has made it clear that people won’t have fewer rights at work just because of the industry they work in.”

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Woolworths Laverton dispute shows we need to change Fair Work laws: Bandt

Greens industrial relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today supported the Woolworths Laverton workers taking action and said this dispute adds further weight for the government to amend the Fair Work Act.

“In an economy where the unemployment rate is high and people are facing an uncertain future for their jobs, I can understand the stress and anxiety these workers are feeling,” Mr Bandt said.

“They and their families are depending on secure work for their livelihoods and it’s no wonder they are taking action to stand up for their jobs.”

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Greens move to ensure treatment of Hutchison Ports employees not repeated

Greens Industrial Relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said the Greens supported the 97 Hutchison Ports Australia employees who were dismissed late at night by text message and email. Mr Bandt will today give notice of a motion in the House of Representatives that calls on the government to amend the Fair Work Act so that unfair actions from employers in the future do not require the Fair Work Commission to issue orders against employees.

“The Greens stand in support of the 97 people who have been dismissed by Hutchison Ports Australia,” Mr Bandt said.

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Abbott's 'jobs and growth' sloganeering stops at Vic border

Responding to news that up to 100 shipbuilding jobs based in Williamstown could be lost, Greens industry spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said Tony Abbott's 'jobs and growth' sloganeering had nothing to offer Victoria.

Mr Bandt called on the Prime Minister to implement the Greens' housing and construction-led industry plan to address the nation's rising unemployment and create jobs in Victoria and across the south-eastern states.

"Tony Abbott has an empty 'jobs and growth' slogan that offers nothing for Victoria," Mr Bandt said.

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Greens will make penalty rates an election issue: Bandt

Responding to the Productivity Commission’s draft report into the workplace relations framework, Greens employment and industrial relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said the Greens will make penalty rates a key election issue in the upcoming Federal Election. “Any cuts to penalty rates will be a body blow for young people across the country,” Mr Bandt said.

“With housing prices so high and wages growing so slowly, young people working in retail and hospitality depend on penalty rates to support themselves and make ends meet.”

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Tony Abbott must take responsibility and do for airport public sector workers what he did for ADF personnel

Greens employment spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today supported airport public sector workers taking industrial action and called on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to drop his hardline bargaining policy.

“The Prime Minister previously relented his hardline bargaining policy and gave real pay rises to ADF personnel. Now it’s time he did the same for airport public sector workers,” Mr Bandt said.

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Greens move for Senate inquiry into women’s superannuation savings

Greens industrial relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today applauded ANZ’s move to pay its women employees more super and said the Greens will move for a Senate inquiry into their bill to boost superannuation for women across the country.

“Today’s announcement by the ANZ is a huge win for their women employees,” Mr Bandt said.

“On average, women have $44,000 in their super account, compared to $82,000 for men. This is an extreme level of inequality and ANZ is doing the right thing by trying to change this for their employees.”

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