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Australia's new labour reforms strengthen employees

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Significance

Many of the changes were part of Labor’s election campaign in May, and others followed the government’s job summit in September, but last-minute changes involved multi-employer bargaining. The reforms provide greater employee control over workplace conditions without reducing limits on industrial action.

Impacts

  • The new reforms do not address structural flaws in the economy that are continuing to hamper employment growth.
  • Although the reforms create a pathway towards higher wages, most employees will not see benefits for some time.
  • The reforms could impact the traditional retail model that uses a floating pool of workers often hired on casual employment terms.

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