This is the submission of the Business Council of Australia (BCA) on the provisions of the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Secure Jobs, Better Pay) Bill 2022 (the Bill), as part of its consideration by the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee (the Committee).
The Business Council of Australia stands for higher real wages, low unemployment and higher productivity driven by innovation and cooperative workplaces. Australians deserve a system that lets them earn more and gives them access to new opportunities, particularly those in low paid and highly feminised sectors.
As currently drafted, we do not believe the multi-employer bargaining changes in the Bill slow wage growth challenge. In fact, they will add complexity and in sectors that already pay higher wages like mining it risks seeing them go backwards.