As reported on the ABC, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has flagged workplace relations changes to extend the rights of parents returning to work.
The proposal is part of the government's ongoing quest to sharpen the policy differences with the Opposition, in an area it believes it has an advantage - and it's a great opportunity to say 'WorkChoices' again.
The policy itself is devoid of any value other than the symbolic. It would give working parents (along with carers and disabled and older workers) the legislated right to request flexible working arrangements. But it puts no obligation on employers to accept the request or make any changes to working conditions whatsoever.
The government is no doubt keen that headlines about Labor values today are about working mothers rather than a certain NSW former minister responding to major corruption allegations.
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“Prime Minister Julia Gillard has flagged workplace relations changes to extend the rights of parents returning from maternity leave. Ms Gillard said there will be announcements this week stemming from the review of the Fair Work Act. Ms Gillard said one of the key aspects will be helping new parents return to flexible work environments.”
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