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Ridout concerned about Fair Work laws

Australian Industry Group chief executive Heather Ridout expressed her concerns about the Federal Government’s new Fair Work laws in a speech given to the World Congress of the International Industrial Relations Association, held in Sydney this week.

Ridout said the new laws are yet to be properly tested and has identified at least 10 “trouble spots” that must be closely monitored.

“The jury is still out on whether the new system will prove to be fair, flexible and productive,” she said.

Ridout said the Rudd Government must be prepared to make amendments to the industrial relations regime if the system is not deemed to be fair and flexible.

Of particular concern are the good faith bargaining provisions that the laws have introduced.

The AIG said it was concerned that unions were using the good faith bargaining process to delay legitimate workplace votes.

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