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Mining industry calls for major changes amidst downturn

THE mining industry has called for major workplace relations reforms irrespective of which political party wins power later this year.

The Australian Mines and Metals Association has released a survey of 100 resource industry employers that shows 90% of them want changes.

Just one in 20 resources companies thought the current workplace relations system "reflected the modern economy".

It comes amid a wider debate on workplace relations, with unions threatening to make workplace reforms a major election battleground.

Some 87% of mining companies want the next government to take action on the rules governing workplace bargaining, unfair dismissals, individual flexibility and union powers to enter the workplace.

AMMA chief Steve Knott said the current laws were creating "significant barriers to employment and growth".


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