none

EMPLOYERS CALL FOR URGENT WORKPLACE RELATIONS REFORM

19-04-2016
by 
in 

A national survey of over 100 resource companies employing more than 85,000 Australians, shows only 1 in 20 employers believe Australia’s current workplace relations system reflects the modern economy.

And of those surveyed, 90 percent want the next government to urgently deliver genuine workplace reform.

Responding to the AMMA 2016 Federal Election Survey, 9 in 10 resource employers said implementing the Productivity Commission’s key recommendations for workplace reform must be an urgent priority following the 2016 election.

And 87% want the government to go further.

They identified the following key areas where our current workplace legislation is not working and needs to change:

·       Bargaining and agreement making

·       Unfair dismissals

·       Individual flexibility

·       Union powers to enter workplaces

“The survey overwhelmingly confirms that Australia’s workplace relations laws are creating significant barriers to employment and growth, and are making it difficult for Australian companies to compete globally. Our workplace relations legislation, the Fair Work Act, is clearly in need of significant amendment,” says AMMA CEO Steve Knott.

“Resource employers strongly support restoring the ABCC and improving the governance of registered trade union and employer organisations – but AMMA’s 2016 Federal Election Survey shows that Australia cannot afford to stop there on workplace reform.

“Consistent with recent findings of the Productivity Commission, the Fair Work Act must be significantly reformed in the interests of future jobs, growth and living standards.”

“For example, 9 in 10 resource employers find it hard to swallow that unions have an artificially privileged position in enterprise bargaining, said Mr Knott.

“This is no surprise given only 10% of private sector employees are union members and the current legislation rewards unions for gaming the system rather than sensible negotiation that contributes to productivity and competitiveness.”

Key priorities for resource employers identified in AMMA’s survey include:

·       94% of employers rate government regulation/ compliance costs as a key impediment to growth.

·       Only 1 in 13 believe enterprise bargaining is meeting the needs of both employers and employees.

·       89% report an inability to structure employment arrangements to suit operational needs.

·       79% are concerned at the frequency of union visits to their workplaces.

·       95% are concerned at having to pay ‘go away money’ to settle unfair dismissal claims even when they have no merit.

These concerns have already been identified in previous reviews of the Fair Work Act under both Labor and the Coalition.

“Our nation’s resource employers are sending a clear message to the next Australian Parliament that it must deliver genuine reforms in key areas that have been repeatedly identified as barriers to employment and business growth,” Mr Knott says.

“The national cost of failing to act is too great. In the past two years we’ve seen $160 billion of resource projects lost to Australia due to cost, delays and other competitive challenges. This is greater than our federal budget for health, education, defence and public services combined.

 

“Australia cannot afford to see future waves of global resource investment lost to this country, and jobs and economic benefits flow to competing resource nations.

“It is time to act, to fix clear problems in our workplace relations laws and to ensure they are more appropriate to the challenges we face as a nation. Genuine workplace relations reform will benefit employers, employees and the wider Australian community.”

Click here to read the full report of the AMMA 2016 Federal Election Survey.

Related news & editorials

  1. 24.05.2018
    24.05.2018
    by      In
    Rio Tinto has announced that Australia’s Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator has approved the autonomous operation of trains at its iron ore businesses in WA.
    After several years of regulatory hurdles, delays, and slowly increasing coverage of its automated haulage network of freight... Read More
  2. 24.05.2018
    24.05.2018
    by      In
    A new reactive battery system has been switched on, stabilising the power grid of a coastal town with wildly variable energy demands.
    The autonomous system is located in the fishing village of Cape Jervis, and is part of a $3.65 million power stabilisation trial that could lead to town batteries... Read More
  3. 24.05.2018
    24.05.2018
    by      In
    The world of workplace health and safety descended on the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre yesterday for the first day of the all-new Workplace Health & Safety Show. And it did so in big numbers, with the opening day attendance estimated in excess of 1200.
    It helped that the show is... Read More
  4. 23.05.2018
    23.05.2018
    by      In
    International industry leaders in renewable energy and storage are meeting in Adelaide for the 2018 Australian Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition.
    Sam Staples, AES Sales Manager and Conference Programme Manager, said South Australia’s ongoing work in the renewable energy sector makes it the... Read More