Low-paid Australians with workplace agreements don't trust the boss

Workers are also unhappy with working conditions: Suvey
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|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 11/23/2007

One-third of low-income workers on Australian Workplace Agreements (AWAs), employment contracts with individual conditions that can override sate or territory employment laws, don't trust their employers, according to a new survey.

The survey, conducted by Melbourne-based Monash University's Australian Centre for Research in Employment and Work, found that one-third are also unhappy with working conditions and 23 per cent said their bosses don't allow them to meet family responsibilities.

The survey also found that one-third of low-income workers on AWAs feel they don't have job security compared to 16 per cent of other low-income workers.

The national survey of 1,023 employees looked at the attitudes of workers on AWAs compared to those covered by other forms of agreements and awards.

The survey looked at five key areas of employment including experiences of employment, employee influence and involvement, and management.

The survey found the attitudes of low income workers on AWAs were vastly different from other workers' experiences of their jobs and employers, which were generally positive.

The survey also found that one-third of low-income workers on AWAs feel they don't have job security compared to 16 per cent of other low-income workers.

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