The Pathway to Productivity is through Industrial Relations Reform

During the 46th Parliamentary term, the Australian Government has a long overdue opportunity to fix inefficiencies and reduce red tape within Australia’s workplace laws, boosting our nation’s productivity and competitiveness.

Through its national representative group AMMA, the industry recommends key policy changes that would improve relations between employers and employees, lift business confidence, encourage real wage rises and restore Australia’s reputation as an attractive place to invest and do business.

These changes address a number of elements within Australia’s industrial relations system that cause significant productivity and competitive impacts in the daily operating of resources and energy businesses.

Key workplace reform priorities identified by Australia’s resources and energy industry

 

ADDRESS THE RAPID DECLINE IN AGREEMENT MAKING

Simplifying enterprise bargaining will encourage employers and employees to focus on improving productivity, creating jobs and delivering wage increases at the business level.

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Check out AMMA's advocacy work:

- Industry chokes on FWC torpor, The Australian, 9 August 2019
- Dramatic fall in enterprise agreement delays, Australian Financial Review, 21 August 2019

RESTORE COMMON SENSE TO CASUAL EMPLOYMENT

Providing certainty to employers and employees about the rights and entitlements of casual workers should be a priority.

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Check out AMMA's advocacy work:

- Employers welcome Senate’s clear decision on casual pay “double dipping”, Media Release, 17 September 2019
- Class action deepens casual chaos, News Update, 27 August 2019

ENABLE LIFE-OF-PROJECT AGREEMENTS

Allowing agreements that run the life of major project construction would deliver certainty and stability, encouraging future job-creating projects for Australia.

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Check out AMMA's advocacy work:

- Life-of-project enterprise agreements a critical IR reform, Media Release, 19 September 2019
- ‘Life of project agreements’ a boon for resources industry, Media Release, 15 May 2019

REFORM THE ADVERSE ACTION PROVISIONS

Amending the general protection and adverse action provisions will resolve issues and restore balance to the employee protections framework.

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RESTORE BALANCE TO UNFAIR DISMISSAL

Employers should be supported in terminating employees found to have breached safety and/or community standards of conduct.

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Check out AMMA's advocacy work:

- FWC upholds OHS advisor’s dismissal, case summary, 30 July 2019

IMPROVE THE PERFORMANCE OF THE FAIR WORK COMMISSION

Address the longstanding concerns regarding the structure, operation, processes and performance of the independent tribunal.

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Check out AMMA's advocacy work:

- Dramatic fall in enterprise agreement delays, Australian Financial Review, 21 August 2019

PASS THE ENSURING INTEGRITY BILL

Protect members of registered organisations from corruption, unlawfulness and misappropriate use of funds and positions of power.

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Check out AMMA's advocacy work:

- Submission to Senate Committee Inquiry, August 2019
- Time for Parliament to act on integrity of all registered organisations, Media Release, 4 July 2019

ENSURE FLEXIBILITY IN INDUSTRIAL AWARDS

Recent decisions from the review of Australia’s awards system, including that related to annualised wage arrangements, threaten to undermine flexibility and employer confidence in the system.

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Check out AMMA's advocacy work:

- ‘Bureaucracy gone mad’ in Fair Work rule, The Australian, 13 September 2019

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AMMA’S IMPACT & INFLUENCE

 

AMMA’s Pathway to Productivity policy booklet builds the business case for industrial relations reform. It includes clear reasoning and practical case studies for each of the reform priorities, all intended to assist the Australian Government in pursuing more efficient, productive and competitive outcomes for Australian workplaces. A New Horizon: Guiding Principles for the Future of Work is the employer group’s most future-focused report in two decades. It explores how technology, demographic and competitive factors are influencing the future of work in the resources and energy industry and puts forward 12 principles to guide future policy making.

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In March 2020, Australian Resources and Energy Group AMMA made a submission to the Attorney General’s ‘cooperative workplaces’ discussion paper which explores how the regulatory framework could better support productive and harmonious workplace outcomes.
In January 2020, AMMA wrote to Attorney General and Minister for Industrial Relations, Christian Porter, encouraging the Morrison Government to consider a full-scale review into the performance and processes of the Fair Work Commission.
In November 2019, Australian Resources and Energy Group AMMA submitted to the Attorney-General’s Department a compelling case for reform to the national industrial relations system to facilitate enterprise agreements that operate for the life of major new project construction.
In August 2019, AMMA made a submission that supports the passage of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity) Bill 2019 following its referral to the Education and Employment Legislation Senate Committee for inquiry.
In June 2019, AMMA wrote to the Attorney General and Minister for Industrial Relations Christian Porter providing a list of key workplace reform priorities for resources and energy industry employers. The priorities identified in the letter strongly align with the key focus areas of the Government’s review of the industrial relations system.
AMMA’s Guide to the 2019 Federal Election provides members with information on the workplace relations policies of the major and minor parties, key areas of union campaign driving the public debate, a summary of workplace relations achievements of the current government and other skills and industry policy announcements.
As the leading voice of Australia’s resource and energy employers, AMMA ensures its case for workplace relations reform is represented in public policy discussions and across the media.