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Second Reading Speeches

Workplace Relations Amendment (Secret Ballots for Protected Action) Bill 2002

Type
Government
Portfolio
Employment and Workplace Relations
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Not Proceeding
Parliament no
40

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Summary

Amends the

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.