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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 10 Hansard (24 September) . .

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The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8: Mr Coe Mr Doszpot Mrs Dunne Mr Hanson Mrs Jones Ms Lawder Mr Smyth Mr Wall

Noes 9: Mr Barr Ms Berry Dr Bourke Ms Burch Mr Corbell Ms Gallagher Mr Gentleman Ms Porter Mr Rattenbury

Question so resolved in the negative.

Industrial relations—workers' rights and conditions

MS BERRY (Ginninderra) (11.27): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) that the Fair Work Amendment Bill 2014 introduced in the Federal Senate on 27 August 2014 will have an adverse effect on many Canberra workers;

(b) the failure of the Individual flexibility arrangements proposed in the Bill to account for the unequal bargaining relationship between employers and vulnerable employees including, those seeking flexible working arrangements, young and unskilled workers and workers in areas of high unemployment;

(c) that the parental leave extension provisions contain no guarantee of fair consideration or review processes;

(d) by redefining the definition of "transfer of business" the Act removes the presumption that employee conditions will be subject to review by Fair Work in restructuring and outsourcing arrangements;

(e) that for workers covered by the National Employment Standard through their awards, agreements and contracts, the Fair Work Amendment Bill 2014 reduces their right to payment of leave loadings at time of termination;

(f) the Fair Work Amendment Bill 2014 does not reflect the recommendations of the report Towards more productive and equitable workplaces: An evaluation of the Fair Work legislation by the Fair Work Review Panel; and

(g) the limitations placed on the ability of unions to represent and protect the interests and safety of workers in their workplace through the restrictions placed on union right of entry; and


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