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GREENS CALL FOR ROYAL COMMISSION INTO UNDERPAYMENT OF PENALTY RATES AND OTHER WAGE THEFT

Greens call for Royal Commission into Underpayment of Penalty Rates and Other Wage Theft

Following the release of a Senate Inquiry into penalty rates, Greens spokesperson for industrial relations Adam Bandt MP today announced that the Greens are calling for a Royal Commission to fully investigate the extent of wage theft and below-award payment in Australia.

It's becoming apparent that failings in our industrial laws have allowed some of Australia's biggest companies to pay workers at below award rates," said Mr Bandt. 

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MURDOCH UNIVERSITY EBA TERMINATION SHOWS EMPLOYMENT LAWS ARE BROKEN & URGENT CHANGE REQUIRED: BANDT

Murdoch University EBA termination shows employment laws are broken & urgent change required: Bandt

Greens employment spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that the recent decision of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to terminate Murdoch University’s Enterprise Agreement shows the Fair Work Act is broken and requires urgent legislative change. Equally concerning is Minister Birmingham’s insidious encouragement for other universities to follow suit.

“This unfair termination shows that our employment laws are broken,” said Mr Bandt.

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TURNBULL'S PUBLIC SERVICE CRACKDOWN IS STRAIGHT FROM THE TRUMP PLAYBOOK: BANDT

Turnbull's public service crackdown is straight from the Trump playbook: Bandt

Greens employment spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today slammed reports in The Australian that the Turnbull government will impose restrictions on public servants criticising his government on social media.

"There must have been a few paragraphs missing from the leaked Trump/Turnbull transcript, because this latest crackdown on the public service is straight from the Trump playbook," said Mr Bandt.

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Local jobs must be guaranteed in ship building plan

The Australian Greens have called on the Government to implement local employment targets to ensure South Australians are prioritised for the thousands of jobs expected to be created in ship building from 2021.

“We’re being told it’s going to rain jobs in South Australia in 2021, but we’re in a drought at the moment. With a project that’s offering thousands of jobs, in a state where we have almost 60,000 people out of work, it is important that we look to supporting locals winning these jobs first and foremost,” Greens Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Greens' inquiry to probe government's 457 visa changes

The Australian Greens have announced that they will move to establish a Senate inquiry into the government's 457 visa changes when parliament returns for the Budget in May.

"If Australia is going to attract the type of expertise, intelligence and experience that we need, we have to engage with our region and the wider international community," the Greens' finance and trade spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Coca-Cola Amatil closure another blow for local factory workers

The Australian Greens extend their condolences to the staff and their families affected by today’s announcement that the Thebarton Coca-Cola Amatil factory will close in 2019.

“This is another blow to our state, and our local factory workers and their families and I extend my condolences to those affected,” Greens Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Paid Parental Leave

Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale has urged the crossbench to put working mums first in their negotiations with the Government on paid parental leave.

“Let’s be clear. Delaying the start date to save women who are currently pregnant does not make up for the fact that these changes, whenever passed, will hurt parents.

“Delaying the effect of the Bill by a year isn’t the same as standing up for women’s rights in the workplace and members of the crossbench cannot walk both sides of this issue.

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Auto industry left crashing while Labor & Liberals asleep at the wheel

Greens Industry spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said the Australian auto industry has crashed because Labor and the Liberals have been asleep at the wheel. In February last year the Greens proposed a plan to allow new carmakers and component manufacturers to access the existing hundreds of millions of dollars allocated in the Automative Transformation Scheme if they were manufacturing vehicles or parts for electric or alternative fuel vehicles, or parts for renewables.  Neither Labor nor the Liberals supported the move.

 

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