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Workplace Relations Minister Tony Burke has confirmed the federal government will legislate to enable multi-employer bargaining.
He has also confirmed changes to the Better Off Overall Test to make it more “simple, flexible and fair”.
Work on the detail will begin next week, Burke has told the Jobs and Skills summit.
It was about “ensuring workers and businesses have flexible options for reaching agreements, including removing unnecessary limitations on access to single and multi-employer agreements”.
Burke also flagged “removing unnecessary complexity for workers and employers, including making the Better Off Overall Test simple, flexible and fair”.
“Giving the Fair Work Commission the capacity to proactively help workers and businesses reach agreements that benefit them, particularly new entrants and small and medium businesses.”
“Providing proper support for employer bargaining representatives and union delegates and ensuring the process for agreement termination is fit for purpose, fair, and sunsets are so-called zombie agreements”.
Consultation with the department and working through the details would begin next week, Burke said.
“We’re not going to delay on those issues; we start next week.”