Responsive, harmonious and flexible workplaces

The following is a paper by Asher Judah, author of The Australian Century (available for $29.95 from Connor Court Publishing):

Ensuring Australian businesses remain competitive in an increasingly interconnected global economy will be one of the toughest challenges facing the nation this century. Confronted with rising demands for work-life flexibility, the third highest minimum wage in the OECD (60 per cent higher than the United Kingdom’s)[1] and multiplying sources of product and service acquisition, employers will need a workplace relations system which has flexibility and autonomy at its heart.

In order for Australia to secure a productive and cost competitive edge, three areas of workplace relations reform must be enacted as soon as possible. These are:

  • ushering in the era of 24/7 retailing;
  • returning management certainty back to construction, mining and energy businesses; and
  • reintroducing EBA’s which support growth, creativity and sustainable business activity. Read more

Recap: HRN Construction Industry Forum

The following is a summary of presentations made at the HR Nicholls Society “Cleaning up Corruption in the Construction Industry” Forum, held in Melbourne on Monday 25 August 2014.

Address by the Hon Robert Clark MLA

The Victorian Minister for Industrial Relations, Attorney-General and Minister for Finance, the Hon Robert Clark MLA, told the HR Nicholls Society at a forum on ending union thuggery and cleaning up corruption in the construction industry that:

The rule of law and competitive processes were the key underpinnings of the Victorian Coalition government’s industrial relations policy.

Following the election of the government in November 2010, the Coalition sought to use its industrial relations policy as a way to fill the void created by the gutting and subsequent abolition of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) by Julia Gillard, Minister for Workplace Relations in the Rudd government. Read more