Federal IR Minister Christian Porter has described as "ill-conceived" yesterday's passage through Victorian Parliament of a law creating a criminal offence for deliberate underpayment of wages and establishing a state-based wage inspectorate with wide investigative powers.
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The Morrison Government is set to withdraw a regulation that cut the minimum notice period that employers have to give employees of proposed changes to enterprise agreements from seven days to one day.
Unions are still in the dark about which NSW public servants would qualify for a $1000 frontline worker 'bonus' in lieu of a pay rise, while a health union has asked the State Treasurer to ditch a 2.5% wages cap before it puts the offer to members.
Industrial Relations Minister Christian Porter will chair five working groups with the aim of producing a "practical reform" of the IR system to help grow jobs as the economy emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Morrison Government is wrong in maintaining that its shorter notice periods for agreement variations will only have effect during the coronavirus crisis, because the resulting changes to agreements will continue for the deals' full terms, according to the shadow IR minister.