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Qantas decision reinforces need for law change: Bandt

Media Release
Adam Bandt 9 Aug 2012

Fair Work Australia's rejection of job security protections sought by Qantas employees exposes a loophole in the Fair Work Act that should be closed, said Greens Deputy Leader and workplace relations spokesperson, Adam Bandt.

"Powerful employers will see this as a green light to bypass negotiations with their employees and instead take extreme action like lockouts, closing schools or grounding fleets, knowing they will be rewarded with a fast-track to a favourable resolution in Fair Work Australia."

"The Greens already have a bill in Parliament to close this loophole by removing the incentive for employers to take extreme action for tactical legal reasons, with Fair Work sending them back for more negotiations and refusing to reward bad behaviour.

"The Greens will seek to close this loophole in negotiations with the Government following the Fair Work Act review."

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