Category: Minister for Industrial Relations

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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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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