Miners want more workplace flexibility

The Australian Mines and Metals Association has urged both sides of government to release policies supporting major changes to national workplace laws.

Australia’s big miners have urged both sides of government to release policies supporting major changes to national workplace laws, The Australian has reported.

According to the report, the Australian Mines and Metals Association (AMMA), representing companies including BHP Billiton Rio Tinto and Newcrest Mining, has warned that if things stay as they are it will entrench third-party interference at the expense of productivity.

AMMA chief executive Steve Knott has sent a letter on behalf of the board to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott regarding the state of workplace laws.

A vocal critic of Labor’s existing workplace laws, Knott asked Abbott for an ‘alternate policy vision’ showing he has a more flexible system that gives fair and reasonable protection to workers.

Knott wants changes to the existing Fair Work Act, including access to individual contracts, tighter restrictions on unions in workplaces, immediate sanctions for unlawful strikes and new limits on the content of enterprise agreements, The Australian report said.

The AMMA was unavailable for comment when contacted by MINING DAILY.

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