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Second Reading Speeches

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

Employment and Workplace Relations
Originating house
House of Representatives
Not Proceeding
Parliament no

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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.