Category: Minister for Industrial Relations

Call Centre Code Ensures Fairness

A revised Call Centre Code which will operate as a benchmark for the call centre industry has been announced by the Andrews Labor Government. The code directly applies to government operated call centres and private sector organisations contracted to the government to provide call centre services. Minister for Industrial Relations Natalie Hutchins has urged all […]

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Fairness And Consistency For Victoria’s Public Sector

The Andrews Labor Government  has today introduced legislation that will ensure greater fairness in public sector enterprise bargaining. The Fair Work Bill (Commonwealth Powers) Amendment Bill 2016 corrects an anomaly brought about by a decision of the Federal Court in 2015 which allowed some public sector employees to negotiate over  the number, identity or appointment […]

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New Council To Boost Workplace Gender Equality

The Andrews Labor Government has today announced an Equal Workplaces Advisory Council (EWAC) to boost gender equality in the workplace, a key action from the Gender Equality Strategy launched yesterday. As a priority, the strategy addresses the systemic, cultural and historical factors that have resulted in the pay gap and inequality for women at work. […]

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Victoria Puts Safety First With Owner Driver Review

The Andrews Labor Government will review laws regulating owner drivers and forestry contractors to ensure a stronger and fairer system which puts safety first. Economic pressures on the industry through the supply chain have forced some drivers into unsafe practices. This has been further exacerbated by the Turnbull Government’s decision to dump the Road Safety […]

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Step Forward For Portable Long Service Leave

The Andrews Labor Government has accepted the recommendations of a Parliamentary Committee on the  introduction of Portable Long Service Leave in the community services, security and contract cleaning industries. Employees in these sectors are often unable to continue working for a single employer long enough to qualify for Long Service Leave due to the nature […]

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Respected Industrial Expert Heads Up Building Group

The Andrews Labor Government has appointed respected industrial relations expert, Peter Parkinson, to the Chair of the Building Industry Consultative Council (BICC). The BICC is made up of employer, union and government representatives and deals with broad industrial issues affecting the Victorian building and construction industry. Mr Parkinson is an experienced industrial relations and human […]

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Victoria To Regulate Labour Hire Industry

The Andrews Labor Government will establish a labour hire licensing scheme to stop the widespread exploitation of Victorian workers uncovered in an independent report. This will ensure strict oversight of labour hire companies so workers are not taken advantage of as they have been in the past. The report into the Labour Hire Industry and […]

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Labour Hire Inquiry Hands Final Report To Government

Acting Minister for Industrial Relations Jacinta Allan yesterday received the final report of the Independent Inquiry into Labour Hire and Insecure Work in Victoria. The Andrews Labor Government will now consider the recommendations made in the report and will respond in due course. The inquiry was chaired by RMIT Professor, Anthony Forsyth and conducted 17 […]

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Fair And Balanced Agreement To End Firefighter Dispute

The Victorian Government has accepted the Fair Work Commission’s recommendation to end the long running Enterprise Agreement dispute with Country Fire Authority firefighters. In doing so, the Government has also put in place additional safeguards for volunteer firefighters, including inserting clauses into the Agreement that clearly specify that the role of volunteers and the services […]

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Victoria Backs Family And Domestic Violence Leave

The Andrews Labor Government has supported a push for family and domestic violence leave in all modern awards in a submission to the Fair Work Commission (FWC). It makes good business sense to support workers who are victims of family violence. Family and domestic violence leave will keep affected workers engaged with their jobs and […]

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