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After weeks of debate Anthony Albanese’s industrial relationship laws are set to be approved

Australian workers face hefty pay rises as Anthony Albanese strikes a deal to pass controversial labor relations laws after weeks of late-night debate

Labour’s controversial industrial relations bill is on track to be passed by parliament this week after weeks of debate.

Anthony Albanese’s government has agreed to redefine a small business – exempt from multi-employer negotiations – into one employing 20 people instead of 15.

It will also include provisions for companies with fewer than 50 employees to argue that it is unreasonable to be forced into bargaining agreements with multiple employers.

It comes after Secretary Tony Burke struck a deal with ACT Senator David Pocock at work on Saturday night.

“We are confident that the Safe Job, Better Pay bill will pass this year with the support of Senator David Pocock… it was not an easy negotiation,” Burke said.

“There are basically three types of issues that have emerged. One pertains to small businesses, the other pertains to low-paid workers, and finally a concern he has that is outside of my portfolio, but part of the agreement, which is about structural issues that we can solve with people who are [in] the payment system.’

More to come.

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