Posts Tagged ‘ national farmers federation ’

Union fury at Gillard’s IR changes

Sep 18th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia, Lead Stories

Coming almost 10 months after the Labor Party was swept to power on a promise to tear up the WorkChoices laws, the Workplace Relations Minister’s speech fleshing out the details of the Rudd Government’s replacement industrial relations regime was met with anger from unions, particularly over the revised unfair-dismissal rules.

Pacific solution to welfare reform

Aug 20th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

The Rudd Government has acted in response to serious labour shortages in horticulture and the inability to fill these vacancies from the domestic market. Its decision to import temporary workers from the Pacific islands follows a three-year campaign by the National Farmers Federation and a five-year campaign by the South Pacific nations.