The global financial crisis – it is now a term well and truly seared into the nation’s consciousness with daily announcements of job cuts and jobs being sent offshore. This crisis is now having devastating effects on
work and employment relations around the world.
Recently our Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, has sought to persuade workers, their unions and employers to cooperate at the workplace and community levels to help Australia overcome the current economic crisis. Labour have also declared that the Howard Government’s controversial WorkChoices is dead and buried by Labor who have replaced it with their Fair Work Bill.
But what rights do workers have in a crisis where redundancy and retrenchment are a daily occurrence? What protections are in place for workers? And if workers do lose their jobs, what are their entitlements?
We are joined on Done by Law by Zana Bytheway, Chief Executive Officer of Jobwatch and Peter Horbury, Coordinator of the Welfare Rights Unit.
Tags: Industrial relations, workers rights
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