An omnibus industrial relations (IR) Bill proposed by the Morrison government will allow employers to cut wages and conditions.
The Bill, to be introduced in parliament today, will allow the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to approve agreements that do not meet the better off overall test (BOOT) for a period of two years.
Additional protections against unfair agreements would also be weakened by the Bill.
Currently the FWC must ensure workers have access to an agreement for seven days and it must be properly explained to workers before voting.
Under the Bill these requirements will be removed.
What the Bill would mean for workers
Have you seen the media chatter about the federal government’s IR “Omnibus Bill”?
Here’s a quick rundown of the Bill and what it would mean for workers 👇
What’s the Omnibus Bill?
The Omnibus Bill is legislation to change some of Australia’s industrial relations (IR) laws. It was introduced into parliament late last year and will soon be voted on.
What would change under the Bill?
The Bill would weaken important worker protections and allow employers to cut pay and conditions below the minimum award safety-net. Click here to read more about the changes.
Why is it important to fight the Bill?
If attacks on workers’ rights succeed, not only are workers worse off in the short-term but it opens the door to futher cuts to pay and conditions. Many commentators have referred to the Omnibus Bill as “WorkChoices 2.0”, comparing it to the 2005 WorkChoices legislation which significantly impacted workers’ rights.
The original WorkChoices was repealed after a huge campaign from union members. Now it’s time for unions to defeat “WorkChoices 2.0”.
What can I do to help?
Show your support for the Stop This Dangerous Bill campaign by signing the workers’ pledge below.
You can also help protect workers’ rights by starting conversations with your friends and colleagues – and encouraging them to become union members too.
Pledge to stand with workers
The omnibus IR Bill will allow employers to cut wages and conditions. Shockingly, it will even let agreements go BELOW the minimum award safety-net.
It takes rights off casuals, allowing employers to call workers casuals and take away leave rights. They say casual workers will be able to become permanent after 12 months but give workers no way of enforcing this right – a right is worth nothing if you can’t enforce it.
Take the pledge to stand with workers
“I pledge to stand with workers against the Morrison Government’s dangerous and seriously unbalanced industrial relations bill.”