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Greens support union call for new laws on family friendly work hours

Greens Deputy Leader and Employment and Workplace Relations Spokesperson Adam Bandt today supported unions’ push for family friendly work conditions and called for Parliament to take action.

“Rigid hours make it impossible for people to get control over balancing work and home, especially when they have a new child.”

“All employees should have more control over their working hours and arrangements.”

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Greens will block any moves on minimum wage, penalty rates

Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt says the business and government push on minimum wages and penalty rates is likely to fail in the Senate after the next election.

Responding to reports of a renewed IR push by business leader, Mr Bandt, the Greens spokesperson on industrial relations, said the Greens would block any moves to cut minimum wages or penalty rates before or after the next election.

"The minimum wage should be increased not cut," Mr Bandt said.

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Government ignores white-collar wrongdoing with Trade Union Royal Commission

Acting Greens Leader Adam Bandt MP today said the government is continuing to turn a blind-eye to white-collar wrongdoing.

“Where is the Royal Commission into allegations of white-collar wrongdoing, like the financial planning schemes that saw people lose their home or the Reserve Bank bribery scandals?” Mr Bandt said.

“We have heard many stories about the devastation everyday Australians have faced from trusting supposed white-collar experts, yet the government fails to respond.”

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Greens introduce bill to boost women’s super

Greens Deputy Leader and workplace relations spokesperson Adam Bandt will this morning introduce a private member's bill into the House of Representatives that will allow employers to boost superannuation payments to women employees.

The Sex Discrimination Amendment (Boosting Superannuation for Women) Bill 2014 will ensure employers are able to contribute more super for women employees than male employees without being considered to have breached anti-discrimination legislation.

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Greens move to boost super for women

Greens Deputy Leader and workplace relations spokesperson Adam Bandt has given notice of a private member's bill allowing employers to boost superannuation payments to women employees.

The Sex Discrimination Amendment (Boosting Superannuation for Women) Bill 2014 will ensure employers are able to contribute more super for women employees than male employees without being considered to have breached anti-discrimination legislation.

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Tony Abbott must protect Australian shipping and jobs: Greens

Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson on Workplace Relations Adam Bandt MP and Greens spokesperson on Infrastructure Senator Janet Rice today declared their support for the Tandara Spirit workers taking industrial action in Port Philip Bay and called on Tony Abbott to protect Australian shipping and jobs.

“By taking this action, the Tandara workers are not only standing up for their jobs – they are bringing important conversations into the public that the government has been ignoring," said Mr Bandt.

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We can afford to pay our public servants fairly: Greens

Deputy Greens Leader and spokesperson on Finance, Employment and Workplace Relations Adam Bandt MP today responded to Tony Abbott’s claims that we can’t afford to increase wages of our public servants in line with inflation.

“Tony Abbott says we can’t afford for public servants’ wages to keep pace with increases in the cost of living. This would see cuts to their real wages in coming years,” said Mr Bandt.

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Liberals 'Freedom of Choice' Hypocrites: Greens

Greens Deputy Leader and Workplace Relations Spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said the government’s new attempts to regulate workplace negotiations revealed them as freedom of choice hypocrites.

“On the one hand, the government says that they have no role in telling industry what to do and people should bargain as they see fit, while on the other, they want to dictate what’s said in every workplace negotiation,” said Mr Bandt.

“This is a clear attempt to stop people bargaining for fair wage rises when their employers make high profits.”

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Qantas and Liberals Dud Tasmanian Jobseekers

Greens Deputy Leader and Workplace Relations spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, and Transport spokesperson, Senator Janet Rice, have condemned Qantas and the Liberals for betraying Tasmanian jobseekers.

"Qantas and the Liberals have betrayed jobseekers in Tasmania," said Mr Bandt. "When it was closing its Brisbane and Melbourne call centres, Qantas sought to reassure the public that it would not send its mainland jobs offshore.

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Tony Abbott Undercutting Local Workers Across Country: Bandt

Responding to reports that the Government intends to allow employers to pay skilled migrants less than local workers, Deputy Greens Leader and Workplace Relations spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, said that Tony Abbott is undercutting local workers.

“That stench coming from Canberra is Work Choices rising from the dead,” said Mr Bandt.

“First the Government cuts part of Australia out of the mainland migration zone and now they’re excising parts of the country from our labour laws.

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