IR reforms receive cool response



PROPOSED changes to industrial relations laws received a cool reception from some quarters of Gladstone yesterday.

The federal government yesterday unveiled the changes which included creating a single national system, changing the way the minimum wage was set, placing new employees on six month probationary periods and exempting businesses with up to 100 workers from unfair dismissal laws.

Joe Oram and Associates practice manager Helen Oram said she was undecided whether the reforms would be beneficial to her business or not.

"On one hand, now you have to be careful about who you employ because it is difficult to dismiss them if they don't perform well without falling shy of unfair dismissal laws,'' Mrs Oram said.

"The pendulum has swung too far ... but the pendulum could swing back the other way where it could be too easy to sack someone.''

Joe Oram and Associates trainee secretary Hayley Gormley said she found it hard to understand the motivation for the changes.

"I don't see how a small business is any different to a big business,'' Ms Gormley said.

"They're really going from full on rules to basically nothing. It's really not the fairest way to do it."



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