IR bill gets the green light

December 3, 2022 2:36 am in by

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A win for Labor – Parliament has passed its Industrial Relations bill.

The bill given the final tick of approval in the House of Representatives on Friday morning, the house voted 78 to 42 in favour.

Unions Tasmania warmly welcomed the passage of the Albanese Labor Government’s ‘Secure Jobs, Better Pay’ legislation.

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“Tasmanian workers earn on average $200 a week less than mainland workers which equates to around $10,000 a year. On top of that, our inflation rate is the highest in the country now, but our wages are the lowest. Tasmanian workers had a huge stake in seeing these laws become a reality,” said Unions Tasmania Secretary, Jessica Munday.

“We also have a significant portion of the Tasmanian workforce working in women dominated and low paid industries like early childhood education and aged care for whom our broken bargaining system has not delivered a wage that values their work.

“Workers in Tasmania will celebrate the passage of these laws and we look forward to doing more work required in the New Year in areas like increasing job security and ending wage theft,” Ms Munday said.