Work laws should aim for se­cu­rity

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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.’’

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