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.

Visit to India proves berry fruitful

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Luke Hartsuyker, welcomed news that the first Australian blueberries exported to India are now available in Indian grocery stores. The commencement of exports was supported by the Assistant Minister’s recent trip to India, as part of Australia Business Week in India (ABWI).