Hunter industrial relations conference looks at changing workplace

SPEAKER: Anna Booth, Fair Work Commission deputy president, and one of the speakers at the annual Industrial Relations Society of NSW (Newcastle branch) conference at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley on Friday, October 14.

SPEAKER: Anna Booth, Fair Work Commission deputy president, and one of the speakers at the annual Industrial Relations Society of NSW (Newcastle branch) conference at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley on Friday, October 14.

ONE of the Fair Work Commission’s deputy presidents, Anna Booth, will speak about a new way the commission approaches enterprise bargaining at a conference at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley on Friday, October 14.

Ms Booth is one of the speakers at an annual conference organised by the Newcastle branch of the Industrial Relations Society of NSW. Other speakers include Tony Callinan from the Australian Workers Union and David Bliss from the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Association.

The SDA has been in the news over allegations its agreements big employers have left members worse off.

The union has accepted a need to change its bargaining parameters after the Fair Work Commission refused to approve an agreement for 78,000 Coles employees in May because it did not pass the “better off overall test”, known as the BOOT.

Mr Callinan will give a union perspective on recruitment in manufacturing, focusing on Tomago Aluminium.  

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