20 Feb 2002
House of Representatives
Employment and Workplace Relations
Workplace Relations Act 1996 to require that, in order to be protected industrial action under the Act, such action must be preceded by a secret ballot process overseen by the Australian Industrial Relations Commission; and, consequential on commencement of the proposed
Workplace Relations Amendment (Genuine Bargaining) Act 2002, allows protected industrial action to be taken without a secret ballot, after a cooling-off period; and provides for the recommencement of protected action after the end of a suspension of a bargaining period. Also contains application and saving provisions.