Election 2007: industrial relations policy

Elections Australia

The most valuable initiative that any Australian government could take in the present industrial relations climate would be the establishment of a properly funded and staffed Worker Advocacy Service to assist ordinary working Australians in negotiating their working arrangements and handling workplace disputes.

The Worker Advocacy Service would not be the same as either of the existing federal bodies – the Workplace Authority (formerly the Office of the Employment Advocate) or the Workplace Ombudsman (formerly Office of Workplace Services) – because it would be dedicated to the assistance of workers.

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