Decision protects horticulture industry from back pay risks

"The Australian Industry Group welcomes the decision of a Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission to vary the coverage of the Horticulture Award, backdated eight years, to preserve flexible and cost-competitive employment conditions in the horticulture industry. The decision is the outcome of a major case in which the Australian Industry Group strongly opposed a push by the National Union of Workers (NUW) to impose warehousing award conditions on horticulture businesses. The claim would have cost horticultural businesses many millions of dollars a year," Innes Willox, Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group said.