Work laws should aim for security
FURTHER changes to workplace laws must improve job security, rights and protections for workers, union research says.
Its survey of more than 2000 people finds 57 per cent of respondents believe any new workplace laws should aim to give employees more reliable work.
Fourteen per cent of respondents believe new laws are needed to give businesses greater flexibility in the way they employ people.
Twice as many Liberal voters are in favour of laws to help workers (49 per cent) than those in favour of laws to help employers (24 per cent).
‘‘ There is no public mood to hand over increased power to employers but, more importantly, there is no credible evidence or rationale in the way the Fair Work Act is operating to justify this either,’’ secretary Jeff Lawrence says.
The ACTU’S submission to the Fair Work Act review calls for improved rights to collective bargaining and for a safety net for casual workers.
‘‘ The future of Australia’s workplace system is in collective bargaining and a co-operative approach,’’ Lawrence says.
‘‘ If any changes are needed to the Fair Work Act, they should start with strengthening the bargaining system.’’