IR Omnibus Bill entrenches ‘permanent casual’ rort in mining

first_imgIR Omnibus Bill entrenches ‘permanent casual’ rort in mining CFMEU Mining and EnergyThe Miners Union will today give evidence at a Senate Inquiry about how the Federal Government’s IR Omnibus Bill exacerbates rampant casualisation in the mining industry.The CFMEU Mining Division’s submission to the IR Omnibus Bill Senate Inquiry beginning today in Townsville says the Bill gives big mining and labour hire companies a free pass to continue exploiting casuals in roles that are in practice full-time.The Bill seeks to overturn important Federal Court wins for casual mineworkers that recognise the real, full-time nature of the hours and rosters they work.Key areas of concern for mineworkers are:a proposed new definition of casual based purely on the terms of the contract signed by the employer and employee, not the reality of the subsequent work arrangements;weak and unenforceable casual conversion provisions which are easy for employers to get around;denying mineworkers found to have been incorrectly classified as casuals from seeking backpaid entitlements;preventing third parties including unions from having a say over enterprise agreements in their industries. “At a time when mineworkers need intervention and support from their political representatives to reverse rampant casualisation and wage-cutting in their industry, these elements of the Bill would further erode their rights and protections at work,” says the submission.The Mining and Energy Division’s submission is available here. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:court, energy, enterprise agreement, Federal, federal court, federal government, full-time, Government, hire, industry, mining, Senate, Townsvillelast_img

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