Thursday, December 22nd, 2011
Today, peak Australian electrical industry body, the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA), welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Bill Shorten, to review the Fair Work legislation.

NECA’s Chief executive officer, Mr James Tinslay, said that when the Fair Work legislation was introduced in 2009, Julia Gillard, the then Minister for Workplace Relations, exempted the Act from scrutiny but undertook to conduct a review in 2012.

“Some of the initial claims about the operation of the Fair Work Act including Modern Awards have not lived up to the promises about what would be delivered such as productivity criteria,” Mr Tinslay said.

“From the employer’s perspective, union friendly provisions increased, the right to strike as a bargaining tool and lack of flexibility to deal with employees without union intervention are major issues. These are issues we understood the Fair Work Act would not make more onerous for employers but in fact have”.

“The Fair Work Act has seen unions gain greater power restricting employer flexibility on employment issues. This in turn has stalled productivity growth. In conjunction with the government’s proposal to remove or restrict the powers of the ABCC, the building industry regulator, this is an area of deep concern for those in the building and construction industry”.

“Whilst NECA welcomes the decision to undertake this review it is yet to be seen whether the review panel will take on board concerns of importance to employers that are arguably on the periphery of the restricted scope of the review,” Mr Tinslay said.


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NECA is the peak industry body representing the interests of electrical and communications contractors Australia-wide.
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