Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Govt to restrict unions' right of entry

The Federal Government is planning to introduce a new Bill which will prevent unions from using state laws to undermine federal legislation governing right of entry.

Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews says the proposed law would apply where workers are covered by federal agreements.

He says the legislation has been prompted by two cases where the right of entry was significantly expanded by rulings in the Federal Court and the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC).

Mr Andrews says in one case the IRC allowed union representatives into a workplace without any restriction.

"This legislation will provide that the employer or the business may be able to make some reasonable requests about where those discussions with the workers should occur," he said.

"It's not doing anything more than reasserting what we believed has always been the status quo in relation to right of entry."

By Workers United 30 November 04


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