AHA APPOINTED TO LEAD IR REFORM FOR HOSPITALITY AND ACCOMMODATION INDUSTRIES


The Australian Hotels Association (AHA) has been appointed by the Federal Government as the peak hospitality and accommodation industry body to lead the sector’s contribution and guidance in two key working groups tasked with overhauling Australia’s industrial relations system.

AHA National CEO Stephen Ferguson said having Australia’s peak hospitality and accommodation industry body as the lead organisation for the sector was a unique opportunity to reform Australia’s employment law system which has rightly been described as no longer fit for purpose.  

“For decades the AHA, and its subsidiary Tourism Accommodation Australia, has shown itself to be the sector’s leader as a progressive and pragmatic peak industry organisation when it comes to industrial relations - the Federal Government knows we have a proven ability to negotiate fair and reasonable with all stakeholders,” Mr Ferguson said.

“On behalf of our membership and the more than 1,000,000 people working in the hospitality and tourism industry, we welcome the opportunity to contribute to a process that may deliver the most meaningful reform in decades.”

“With much of our industry’s workforce employed under the Hospitality Award, the AHA is heavily invested in ensuring we get this right, for the long-term benefit of employers, employees and the broader economy.”

As the lead employer group for the Hospitality Award in the Fair Work Commission, the AHA has delivered favourable outcomes by working in good faith with unions. Recent successes include:
  • In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the AHA worked collaboratively with the United Workers Union to change the Hospitality Award, increasing flexibility for employers and employees
  • Secured a “flexible part time” provision in the Hospitality Award designed to move casual employees to more secure part time employment

Last month, Prime Minister Scott Morrison commissioned Federal Attorney General and Minister of Industrial Relations, the Hon Christian Porter MP to Chair 5 Working Groups to cover:
1.     Award simplification;
2.     Enterprise agreement making;
3.     Casual and fixed-term employment;
4.     Greenfields projects; and
5.     Compliance and enforcement.

The AHA has been appointed to the Award Simplification and Compliance and Enforcement Working Groups. Mr Ferguson will represent the AHA on the Award Simplification Working Group while Philip Ryan, (AHA Director Legal and Industrial Affairs) will attend the Compliance and Enforcement Working Group.

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