The Australian Chamber stands for a workplace relations framework that empowers employers and employees to work co-operatively and make decisions in their shared interests that lead to more jobs, higher living standards and a better future.
- Labour market flexibility
- Freedom of choice for employers and employees
- Reduced complexity
- Small-business friendly
The workplace relations framework must be pro-employment, small-business friendly, responsive to changing domestic and international conditions and receptive to the needs of the unemployed and underemployed.
A simple safety net of minimum standards that provides the foundation for agreement- making is fundamental. For the workplace relations framework to become a truly decentralised system of collective and individual agreements, there must be further rationalisation of the content of Modern Awards.
Contracting provides a flexible, workable and efficient model of labour engagement. The workplace relations framework should facilitate contracting independence and encourage the values of entrepreneurship, innovation, investment and choice.
The cost and regulatory impost of superannuation obligations on employers should be kept to a minimum. Where already regulated by superannuation guarantee legislation, obligations prescribed by Modern Awards should be phased out.
Unlawful discrimination in the workplace is unacceptable. Anti-discrimination laws should be clearly expressed so that employers can readily identify their obligations, with community education and the promotion of best practice preferred over prosecution and sanction.