none

WORKPLACE REFORM NOW URGENT: ACCI

17-02-2015
by 
in 

With unemployment rising, there is an urgent need for the Parliament to modernise our workplace relations system, says the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics unemployment rose to 6.4 per cent in January (seasonally adjusted), with the participation rate and the number of people employed remaining steady.

ACCI CEO Kate Carnell said: “These latest figures should act as a wake-up call to all sides of politics that we must engage in serious discussion on how to make it easier for businesses to employ.

“There are rigidities in the system that are leaving businesses, particularly small and medium enterprises, reluctant to hire new staff.

“Excessive penalty rates and onerous unfair dismissal rules mean businesses are less likely to take on new employees and open longer hours.”

Ms Carnell said ACCI welcomes the Productivity Commission inquiry into the workplace relations system and hopes that all political parties give its findings serious consideration.

“We cannot afford to shut down discussion on reform when thousands of people are struggling to find work, she said. “The latest data show youth unemployment stands at a worrying 14.2 per cent.

“These latest figures come at a time of fragile business confidence. Some of the reasons for this fragile confidence are external, including uncertainty in Europe and slowing growth in China.

But some of the doubts are caused by home-grown factors, including the logjam of economic reforms stuck in the Senate and uncertainty over national leadership.

“Rising unemployment numbers mean that the Senate needs to rethink its blockage of key Budget measures, and the Government needs to get its house in order and focus on running the country.”

Related news & editorials

  1. 22.09.2020
    22.09.2020
    by      In
    Australian energy management software company SwithchDin is set to launch its accelerated growth under the new leadership of appointee Marc Sheldon as Chief Operating Officer.
     Mr Marc Sheldon will take SwitchDin to the next stage of expansion. He will execute on the company’s strategy with... Read More
  2. 22.09.2020
    22.09.2020
    by      In
    Local firm Leussink was engaged by Dutch company Boon Edam, to create a bespoke visual display unit for security entrances.
     To mitigate the risk of spreading coronavirus through building entrances, Boon Edam is expanding its range of touchless entrance solutions.
     Touchless entrance systems are... Read More
  3. 22.09.2020
    22.09.2020
    by      In
    A training program to develop high level welding skills was recognised by industry in the Premier’s Industry Collaboration Award granted recently to TAFE Queensland and Rheinmetall Defence Australia.
     The industry training collaboration between TAFE Qld and Rheinmetall Defence Australia delivered... Read More
  4. 17.09.2020
    17.09.2020
    by      In
    A new report from Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, has revealed the opportunities for key industries to leverage science and technology and help restore economic growth and resilience.
    The COVID-19: Recovery and resilience report highlights the trends and national advantages COVID-19... Read More