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Letters to the Editor

From time to time, a commentary on the world will bubble up inside of me to the extent that I'm forced to write a letter to my local, metropolitan, daily newspaper, The Age. This is where I blow of some steam. Feel like venting too? Add your own comment or visit my homepage.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Illiberal Industrial Relations Reforms

The proposal to retrospectively ban unfair dismissal agreements exposes the Government's real IR agenda. All that small-l liberal rhetoric about individual choices, letting "a thousand agreements bloom" and not getting in the way of the employer/employee relationship comes to nought.

Instead of forcing workers to work weekends and longer hours to make up the cut in their hourly rate, what is Kevin Andrews doing to upskill the workforce? At every opportunity he talks about the labour shortage of 300,000 workers, about how employers are clamouring for better quality employees - how are his policies for cheaper labour going to drive productivity? Certainly not through encouraging investments in people!



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