Fairer IR Laws? | BTalk Australia

Last Updated Oct 1, 2008 2:32 PM EDT

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(14min 59) Last month Julia Gillard, the Deputy Prime Minister and Industrial Relations Minister, outlined the details of her proposed new Industrial Relations legislation.

The proposal allows for collective bargaining, arbitrated by a new body "Fair Work Australia". The same body will replace the need for lawyers in most unfair dismissal disputes. Small businesses (less than 15 people) will be able to dismiss employees after one written warning. The changes are intended to be introduced from July 1st 2009.

Is the new approach workable? Will it resolve the problems of the past? Peter Anderson, the Chief Executive of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, isn't entirely convined. He voices his concerns with Phil Dobbie on today's edition of BTalk Australia.

What are your thoughts on the Government's IR Reforms? Tell us what you think in the Talkback section at the bottom of this post.

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