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Greens ready to amend Fair Work Act: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader and workplace relations spokesperson Adam Bandt has welcomed the release of the Fair Work Act review and says the Greens are ready to work with the government on amending the Fair Work Act.

Mr Bandt said there are many positive recommendations in the report but also some areas of concern, such as the weakening of the 'better off overall test', new greenfields provisions and the removal of holiday penalty rates in some States and Territories.

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ALP factional heavies will bring back WorkChoices: Bandt

Recent threats by ALP factional heavies to preference the Coalition ahead of the Greens will help Tony Abbott and hasten the return of WorkChoices, said Greens Deputy Leader and employment spokesperson, Adam Bandt.

"This is a gift to Tony Abbott" said Mr Bandt. "With ALP heavies wanting to elect pro-WorkChoices Coalition MPs ahead of anti-WorkChoices Greens, Tony Abbott gets closer to control of both houses of Parliament and an attack on people's rights at work."

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Bandt releases workplace reform principles

Australian Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt has released ten principles for industrial relations reform ahead of the release of the Fair Work Review in coming weeks.

The principles will underpin the Greens' approach to any negotiations with Minister Shorten and the government on legislation.

"The Greens want to put people back at the centre of our workplace laws" Mr Bandt said.

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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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