Coalition pledge to revamp IR laws welcomed by Queensland businesses

Thursday 12 July, 2012 | Tags: Workplace and Employment Policy

CCIQ (Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland) has today welcomed the comments by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott that a Coalition Government would take action to increase flexibility in workplace arrangements.

Queensland businesses have long raised concerns regarding the current imbalance in the nation’s industrial relations framework, which is seen to overwhelmingly favour employees and provide an expensive, inflexible and in many cases an unworkable operating environment for employers.

Tony Abbott’s comments that a Coalition Government “will move the workplace relations pendulum back to the sensible centre” has been applauded by businesses.

There are continual reports both from employers and within the media regarding the impact of Australia’s current industrial relations system on the productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of businesses throughout the country.

There is a strong call for change; change that improves the flexibility between employers and employees, and focuses on delivering productivity improvements within workplaces.

In the coming months, CCIQ will release an Industrial Relations Blueprint that calls on both sides of politics to make strong commitments to revamp the current system to ensure it supports employment and fosters sustainable businesses that remain competitive in both domestic and international market places.

Australia’s economic prosperity is contingent on ensuring the right industrial relations framework is in place that meets the needs of contemporary workplaces.

Increased red tape constraining productivity and the viability of businesses is not in the nation’s best interest. Nor are laws that restrict the number of people being employed.

Queensland businesses acknowledge that employees are a critical component in the operation and success of their businesses.

However the way in which employees are engaged, their productivity and the flexibility of workplace practices are of significant importance to the sustainability and viability of businesses, their competitiveness and their contribution to the economy and the broader community.

It is clear that an industrial relations system that inhibits flexibility, is highly prescriptive and does not allow for the particular circumstances of individual workplaces and their employees to be taken into account is not conducive to achieving the desired outcomes.

Reform is needed to deliver an improved industrial relations system that meets the needs of contemporary workplaces and provides the appropriate balance between employers and employees.

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