New IR Laws Finally Out
-Workplace OHS 25/11/2008
Deputy PM Julia Gillard has today delivered on one of the Rudd Government's key
election promises, and has finally revealed the proposed new workplace
relations system for Australia - killing off the unpopular WorkChoices laws.
Tabled in Parliament this afternoon, the Fair Work Bill 2008 includes more
rights for unions, a kind of pattern bargaining, and no prohibited content in
In her second reading speech, Gillard said neither unions nor employers got
everything they wanted in the proposed new system.
'No one side of the debate is going to get everything it wanted because our new
workplace relations laws are fair and balanced,' she said. 'Our laws bring the
workplace pendulum back to the middle, where it belongs and where Australians
want it to be.'