Rudd Government too hasty in the task of modernising industrial awards

4 September 2009

Profesor Ron McCallum says that while the Rudd Government should modernise thousands of state and federal industrial awards, there is no need to tackle it so quickly.

The Rudd Government intends to condense thousands of state and federal industrial awards into 130 simpler national awards.

In an article published in today's Sydney Morning Herald, Professor McCallum says that it's not possible to avoid higher costs for some employers and lower pay for some workers "because of the differing structures and differing power of labour in different states."

"The Government should tackle it, but there is no need to tackle it all so quickly," he asserts.

Professor McCallum adds that thousands of workerscould be affected and he questions whether individual employees have the resources to mount legal claims to Fair Work Australia as a consequence.

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