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Em­ploy­ees rights

■ Restora­tion of statu­tory rest and meal breaks — lim­ited ex­cep­tion for work­ers in es­sen­tial ser­vices who can­not be re­placed (such as air traf­fic con­trollers).

■ Re­stric­tion of 90-day trial pe­ri­ods to SME em­ploy­ers (fewer than 20 em­ploy­ees).

■ Re­in­state­ment will be the pri­mary rem­edy to un­fair dis­missal.

■ Fur­ther pro­tec­tions for em­ploy­ees in “vul­ner­a­ble in­dus­tries” (Part 6A), re­peal­ing the SME exemption from cov­er­age, pro­vide more time for em­ploy­ees to de­cide whether to trans­fer to a new em­ployer, and pro­vide greater safe­guards on trans­fer of in­ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion.

Col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing and union rights

■ Restora­tion of the duty to con­clude bar­gain­ing un­less there is a good rea­son not to.

■ Restora­tion of the ear­lier ini­ti­a­tion time­frames for unions in col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing.

■ Re­moval of the MECA opt out where em­ploy­ers can refuse to bar­gain for a multi-em­ployer col­lec­tive agree­ment.

■ Restora­tion of the 30-day rule where for the first 30 days new em­ploy­ees must be em­ployed un­der terms con­sis­tent with the col­lec­tive agree­ment.

■ Re­peal of par­tial strike pay de­duc­tions where em­ploy­ers can gar­nish wages for low level in­dus­trial ac­tion.

■ Restora­tion of union ac­cess with­out prior em­ployer con­sent, at rea­son­able times, and places hav­ing re­gard­ing to busi­ness con­ti­nu­ity, health and safety.

New pro­pos­als:

■ Re­quire­ment to in­clude pay rates in col­lec­tive agree­ments.

■ Re­quire­ment for em­ploy­ers to pro­vide rea­son­able paid time for union del­e­gates to rep­re­sent other work­ers.

■ A re­quire­ment for em­ploy­ers to pass on in­for­ma­tion about unions in the work­place to prospec­tive em­ploy­ees along with a form for the em­ployee to in­di­cate whether they want to be a mem­ber.

■ Greater pro­tec­tions against dis­crim­i­na­tion for union mem­bers, in­clud­ing an ex­ten­sion of the 12 month thresh­old to 18 months re­lat­ing to dis­crim­i­na­tion based on union ac­tiv­i­ties and new pro­tec­tions against dis­crim­i­na­tion on the ba­sis of be­ing a union mem­ber.

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