Category: Minister for Industrial Relations

Response To Loy Yang Fair Work Commission Decision

The Andrews Labor Government has welcomed the decision of the Fair Work Commission to accept the application for the termination of industrial action at AGL Loy Yang. This decision will protect Victoria’s power supply. Without this action by the Victorian Government and the decision by the Fair Work Commission, AGL would have commenced shutting Loy […]

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Labour Hire Reform Can’t Wait For Turnbull

The Andrews Labor Government is calling on the Turnbull Government to stop sitting on its hands and implement a national labor hire scheme. In the absence of any national leadership, the Labor Government will implement a Victorian Labour Hire licensing scheme, as well as a range of changes to reform the labour hire sector. However, […]

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Victoria Acts On Labour Hire Industry

The Andrews Labor Government has today announced widespread reforms to crack down on the exploitation of workers, including a new licensing scheme for the Labour Hire Industry The changes are in response to the Victorian Inquiry into the Labour Hire Industry and Insecure Work, with the Labor Government accepting 33 of the report’s 35 recommendations. […]

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Government Acts On AGL Loy Yang Industrial Dispute

The Minister for Industrial Relations will make an application to the Fair Work Commission to seek a termination of the industrial action at AGL Loy Yang. This is to protect Victoria’s electricity supplies. The ETU has notified of industrial action that could close Loy Yang A and Loy Yang B Power Stations. In response, AGL […]

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Penalty Rates Inquiry Commences

Starting today, members of the Legislative Assembly will be looking into the impacts of penalty rate cuts by the Fair Work Commission supported by the Turnbull Government and Matthew Guy’s Opposition. The Penalty Rates and Fair Pay Select Committee will look into the social and economic cost of the Fair Work Commissions to changes to […]

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Workers Urged To Watch Out For Easter Rates

As Easter approaches, Minister for Industrial Relations Natalie Hutchins has urged Victorian workers to be vigilant about their holiday award rates, as per their contractual agreements with their employers. The Fair Work Commission’s cuts to penalty rates, backed by the Turnbull Government, are yet to come into effect. That means that award rates remain the […]

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Minimum Wage Must Rise To Address Penalty Rate Cuts

The Andrews Labor Government is calling for an increase to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) to support low paid workers in our community. The Labor Government has made a submission to the Fair Work Commission annual wage review that focuses on  maintaining a fair safety net for low paid and award reliant workers, particularly those […]

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Top Lawyer To Head New Equal Workplaces Council

The Andrews Labor Government has appointed a respected workers compensation lawyer to head a new Ministerial advisory council set up to address gender equality in the workplace. Liberty Sanger, a Principal and Board member at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, will chair the Equal Workplaces Advisory Council which is charged with promoting gender equality across the public […]

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Victorian Liberal Party Backs Penalty Rate Cuts

The Victorian Liberal Party has today confirmed that they support the Turnbull Government’s massive cuts to Sunday and public holiday penalty rates. Liberal Leader Matthew Guy and Deputy Leader David Hodgett today confirmed the Victorian Liberals’ position. Mr Hodgett said, “I support the Federal Government’s changes to penalty rates…I don’t have a concern with changes […]

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Victoria Opposes Cuts To Penalty Rates

The Andrews Labor Government has opposed the Fair Work Commission decision to cut Sunday and public holiday rates in the retail, hospitality and accommodation sectors. The decision affects award-reliant, low paid workers, including young workers and women who make up more than half the workforce in these sectors. The Labor Government made a submission to […]

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