Judith Sloan draws attention to the regrettable absence from the review of workplace relations by the Productivity Commission of any “specific reference to examining individual contracting and the restrictions that arise from the present framework”. Indeed, the terms of reference are bereft of any overall indication of what the review’s framework objective might be and imply that all that might be needed is to adjust the existing Fair Work arrangements.
The HR Nicholls Society will certainly be submitting that in a modern society there is no intrinsic imbalance in bargaining power between employers and employees and that the regulation of workplace relations should be minimal. That is in the interests of both employers and employees and would establish a competitive framework which would increase employment.
It is regrettable that the terms of reference have been constructed without consultation with a body which has extensive experience in workplace relations.
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