Workplace Relations

FWC Decision Means More Job Opportunities
23 February 2017

FWC Decision Means More Job Opportunities

“It is encouraging that the Fair Work Commission has moved in the right direction to make weekend work more secure,” says Aaron Lane, Legal Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. “Penalty rates are a penalty on jobs. The higher the penalty, the higher the barriers are into employment – putting the job market further out of reach for the
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Construction Industry Legislation Passage A Great Result
30 November 2016

Construction Industry Legislation Passage A Great Result

The passage through Parliament of a Bill to reconstitute the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) is a great result for employers and workers in the construction industry, as well as for the consumers who buy their products, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “The building and construction industry employs hundreds of thousands of Australians
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Passage Of Registered Organisations Bill Warmly Welcomed
22 November 2016

Passage Of Registered Organisations Bill Warmly Welcomed

The passage through Parliament of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Bill in the early hours of this morning has been warmly welcomed by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “Australia’s workplace relations laws should ensure that as far as possible, the duties imposed on unions and employer organisations and penalties for non-compliance are equal to those that
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Public Service Perks Don’t Pass The Pub Test
17 November 2016

Public Service Perks Don’t Pass The Pub Test

Enterprise bargaining is a two-way street. Public sector unions cannot continue to argue that well-paid public servants deserve additional entitlements without considering the trade-offs that could be made. Public servants already enjoy generous conditions and entitlements that would not pass the pub test. The Commonwealth public services’ enterprise bargaining agreements notionally expired in 2014. To date, 65 agreements have been
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1 November 2016

Default Superannuation – Let All Australians choose

All Australians should have the freedom to choose their superannuation fund according to a submission to the Productivity Commission’s Superannuation Default Model Inquiry by free-market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “There should be no role for an employer, trade union, employer organisation or the Fair Work Commission in choosing where an employee invests their own retirement savings,” said
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26 October 2016

Submission To The Inquiry Into The impact Of The Government’s Workplace Bargaining Policy

Enterprise bargaining requires negotiation from both sides. The government’s policy provides the flexibility for this to occur on the employer side. This is in stark contrast to the public sector unions’ bargaining policy, which, as the IPA understands, has objected to every single proposed APS agreement – including those agreements which have ultimately resulted in approval from employees. The IPA’s
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Union Bully Busting: FU To The UFU
14 October 2016

Union Bully Busting: FU To The UFU

Voters in the ACT have a stark choice this weekend: Jeremy Hanson and the Canberra Liberals, or four more years of a government notoriously beholden to trade unions (even by Labor standards). Canberrans only have to look south to see what a union-dominated government looks like. Victoria’s situation is so dire that Metropolitan Fire Brigade chief Peter Rau resigned recently
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Code Red
1 October 2016

Code Red

While the Turnbull Government recently introduced legislation to the Parliament to prohibit EBA clauses that restrict an emergency management body’s ability to manage volunteers, this change does not go far enough. Instead, the Fair Work Act must be amended so that only matters pertaining to the employer-employee relationship are permitted in EBAs. This would not restrict the ability of unions
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What Is The Meaning Of Andrew Leigh’s Pay Cut?
26 July 2016

What Is The Meaning Of Andrew Leigh’s Pay Cut?

Word is that all Labor MPs have to be a member of a trade union. It is surprising then that Andrew Leigh’s union haven’t been knocking on Bill Shorten’s door. Perhaps they are planning a picket for the first day of parliament. Andrew Leigh has just had to accept a $40,000 pay cut while remaining in the Labor shadow cabinet
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21 July 2016

Potential Rorting A Warning For PaTH Program

Allegations of potential rorting of the Victorian Labor government’s ‘Back to Work’ scheme is a warning shot across the bow of the re-elected Federal Coalition government’s own wage subsidy program. Getting people into work is a laudable aim, but governments of all persuasions need to be careful of rent-seekers lining up to line their own pockets. The announcement of a
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