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‘Enterprise contracts’ would dramatically undermine minimum standards: Greens

Greens industrial relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said the Liberal government’s consideration of adopting enterprise contracts for medium-size businesses would dramatically undermine workplace legal minimum standards.

“With about half of the Australian workforce employed in small and medium businesses, the Liberal government’s idea to allow some companies to contract out of legal minimum standards would dramatically undermine people’s rights at work,” Mr Bandt said.

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TURC reports should be available to all MPs or none at all

TURC reports should be available to all MPs or none at all

The Greens have said that if access to the secretive sixth volume of the Royal Commission into Trade Union Corruption is given to crossbench senators, it should be available to all Members of Parliament.

“The Commission has already been politicised enough. It shouldn’t now be used by the Liberals and Nationals as a political plaything to try and woo the crossbench,” said Senator Janet Rice.

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Alcoa and Coalition have left MV Portland crew high and dry

Alcoa and Coalition have left MV Portland crew high and dry

The Greens have condemned the actions of Alcoa in removing the crew off the MV Portland in the middle of the night.

“This is a callous and cold-hearted response from Alcoa, aided and abetted by the Coalition government,” said the Australian Greens transport spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

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Corporate heavy weights put their self-interest first in attacks on trade unions

It's of little surprise that Australia's business heavy weights have joined the Liberal Party's political attack on trade unions, said Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon.

"Reports that big wigs at an elite corporate event, the KPMG Couta Boat Classic, condemned unions are to be expected," Senator Rhiannon said.

"Many corporate CEOs back the Turnbull-Abbott government attacks on unions in the hope that it will help them bring in bigger profits.

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Greens stand with MV Portland seafarers and their families

Greens stand with MV Portland seafarers and their families 

The Australian Greens call on the Liberal government to revoke the temporary shipping licence granted to Alcoa, which is putting local jobs on the chopping block.

"We stand with the people whose jobs on the MV Portland are in jeopardy and with their families who face an uncertain Christmas," said Greens industrial relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP.

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The auto components industry is in crisis and we need to move fast

The Australian Greens recognise that there are significant challenges facing the industries and the workforces of Australia's automotive manufacturing sector. This Senate inquiry into the future of the automotive industry has brought to light very important evidence demonstrating how these challenges are impacting the various businesses, workers and communities engaged with automotive manufacturing currently in Australia. There are so many people and businesses who stand to be directly and significantly impacted by the changes ahead in our auto industry.

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Greens vote down Turnbull government’s attacks on Australian shipping

Greens vote down Turnbull government’s attacks on Australian shipping

The Greens, Labor and Senate crossbenchers have prevented the government’s attacks on Australian coastal shipping by voting down the Shipping Legislation Amendment Bill 2015.

“The Senate has done its job in blocking this government’s misguided deregulation agenda,” said Senator Janet Rice, the Australian Greens transport spokesperson.

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