Category: Minister for Industrial Relations

Statement From Minister Hutchins – Leave Of Absence

I am taking a leave of absence from my Ministerial and Parliamentary responsibilities due to personal reasons. In my absence Jill Hennessy will act as the Minister for Women and the Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence. Luke Donnellan will act as the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and the Minister for Industrial Relations. My […]

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Liberal-Backed Penalty Rate Cuts Hurt Vulnerable Workers

The Andrews Labor Government is disappointed the Federal Court has upheld the Fair Work Commission’s decision to cut penalty rates for hospitality, retail and fast-food workers. The decision will impact some of Victoria’s most vulnerable, low-paid workers including young workers, women and those in regional areas. The cut to penalty rates is only occurring because […]

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Government Takes Action To Protect Victorian Health

The Andrews Labor Government will make an urgent application to the Fair Work Commission to terminate industrial action being taken by the Health Services Union No 1 Branch (HWU) and Dorevitch Pathology. Dorevitch provides pathology services under contract to 32 Victorian public health services, 29 of which are in regional Victoria. The industrial action, which […]

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Black Economy Exploitation Demands National Response

The Andrews Labor Government is demanding the Turnbull Government take action now to stop the systematic exploitation of workers and implement a national labour hire scheme. In its submission to Canberra’s Black Economy Taskforce, the Labor Government called on the Commonwealth to introduce licensing requirements for labour hire providers – a measure that would crack […]

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Making Long Service Leave Fairer And More Flexible

The Andrews Labor Government is making long service leave fairer for women, families and those transitioning to retirement. Minister for Industrial Relations Natalie Hutchins today announced a new Long Service Leave Bill that will stop parents being discriminated against and losing hard earned long service leave. Currently, if an employee takes more than 12 months […]

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Wage Boost Welcome News For Low Paid Victorians

Workers across Victoria will benefit from the Fair Work Commission’s (FWC) decision to boost the minimum wage and all award wages. Minister for Industrial Relations Natalie Hutchins welcomed the FWC’s decision to award a 3.3 percent increase in the National Minimum Wage and all award minimum wages for 2016/17. This will increase the National Minimum […]

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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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