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R M I T Speech

  1. 1. Education <ul><li>Restore public funding to 90%+ of global university budgets </li></ul><ul><li>Restore indexation of grants </li></ul><ul><li>Reversal of privatisation </li></ul><ul><li>Boost funding to regional universities/campuses to limit disadvantage </li></ul><ul><li>Abolish HECS and full-fee places. Initiate negotiations to end TAFE fees </li></ul><ul><li>Rescind voluntary student unionism legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Education as overseas aid </li></ul>
  2. 2. University of Sydney’s Workplace Research Centre <ul><li>Study of the hospitality and retail industries – 339 collective agreements struck during the first nine months of operation of the Workchoices law </li></ul><ul><li>Abolition of Saturday penalty rates in 76% and Sunday penalty rates in 71% </li></ul><ul><li>Abolition of overtime rates in 68% </li></ul><ul><li>Overall pay cut by up to 38% </li></ul>
  3. 3. University of Sydney’s Workplace Research Centre <ul><li>Australia@Work: the Benchmark </li></ul><ul><li>First year of five of operation of project, following 8343 people </li></ul>
  4. 4. Forward with Fairness Policy Implementation Plan <ul><li>Forward with Fairness Policy Implementation Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Ten minimum employment standards guaranteed for all employees (up from five currently) </li></ul><ul><li>The right to collective bargaining by majority employee decision </li></ul><ul><li>Unfair dismissal laws reintroduced for businesses of 15 or more </li></ul><ul><li>Basic awards with up to 20 conditions (to act as a safety net) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Forward with Fairness Policy Implementation Plan <ul><li>Existing Work Choices laws in relation to union officials’ right of entry to workplaces </li></ul><ul><li>Existing AWAs to stand for up to five years — until December 31, 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>Employers currently using AWAs - permitted Individual Transitional Employment Agreement (ITEA) for all new employees - until December 31, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Employees above $100,000 per annum (basic salary) exempt from all awards </li></ul>
  6. 6. Socialist Alliance <ul><li>Immediately end Workchoices and Higher Education Workplace Relations Requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Abolish AWAs without delay </li></ul><ul><li>Remove restrictions on the terms of collective agreements </li></ul><ul><li>Return to a system of industrial awards </li></ul><ul><li>Set the minimum wage at 60% of Average Weekly Earnings </li></ul><ul><li>Dissolve the Australian Building and Construction Commission </li></ul><ul><li>Free entry into workplaces </li></ul><ul><li>Protection of the right to strike at International Labor Organisation standard </li></ul><ul><li>Bill of Rights including right to freely organise in unions </li></ul><ul><li>Industry-wide protections for academic freedom </li></ul>

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