FWC to address productivity in collective agreements

The industrial umpire is officially investigating how businesses can maximise the productivity benefits of the enterprise bargaining process.

The Fair Work Commission today launched a new research project to identify the clauses in enterprise agreements that have most successfully bolstered productivity and innovation outcomes.

The research will help set a benchmark by which Australian workplaces can go about lifting productivity. The findings will be published by the industrial umpire in a report later this year.

The FWC is currently seeking feedback from employers, employees and their representative bodies. “Participants in this research will be helping promote productivity which is integral to Australia’s future economic prosperity,” said FWC President Justice Iain Ross.

Justice Ross said the research would help business to develop “best practice” provisions for enhancing productivity in their workplaces.

The research project is one of the industrial umpire’s so called “future directions” initiatives designed to help foster a more productive and co-operative workplace relations environment.

Employers and employees who wish to contribute to the project are being encouraged to visit the FWC’s homepage for further details.

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