The following is a speech given by HR Nicholls Society President Adam Bisits at the launch of the Australian Liberal Students’ Federation Right to Work campaign to abolish 3 hour shift minimums:
With Aaron Lane I thank Jack Aquilina and Evan Mulhulloand for the invitation to support this Right to Work campaign.
The HR Nicholls Society stands for freedom of employment including the employee directly agreeing terms of employment with the employer.
Thus the employee should be able to decide and agree his or her minimum hours of work.
A 3 hour minimum shift imposed by delegated legislation denies that freedom. The “modern award”, as the delegated legislation is called, is not made in settlement of a dispute, which might have led to a ceding of freedom. The award operates as a plain denial or taking of freedom. Read more