Justice Geoffrey Giudice has resigned from his post as president of Fair Work Australia after 14 years heading the national workplace tribunal citing that “it is time for a change in the leadership" of the tribunal. He will leave his position at the end of February 2012.
Justice Giudice was appointed president of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission in 1997 and in 2009 was named the inaugural President of Fair Work Australia when it replaced the commission in 2009.
During his time as president of Fair Work Australia President and the AIRC, Justice Giudice headed the tribunal through the introduction of the WorkChoices legislation, the Fair Work Act and the modern award system, as well as major industrial relations cases that has shaped Australia’s workplace relations system.
According to Ai Group Chief Executive Heather Ridout, Justice Giudice has worked effectively with business and business organisations to help build the nation’s industrial relations system and has exercised his duties as president of Fair Work Australia with fairness and justice.“
"He took on a huge burden of work through the introduction of the WorkChoices legislation, the Fair Work Act and the modern award system, and throughout it all he maintained the utmost integrity and professionalism, “Ai Group Chief Executive Heather Ridout said in a statement.
"Justice Giudice has our warmest best wishes for the future and we thank him for the enormous contribution he has made to Australia.”
The resignation comes as the Federal Government steps to prevent further industrial action by QANTAS staff; the strike is reportedly costing QANTAS $20 million per day.
Recently, Toyota Australia reached a principle agreement with unions regarding a new WPA. The principle agreement put a halt to a series of strikes by workers over the month of September. Toyoat workers went on strike for five days last month, reportedly costing the automotive giant at least $50 million in sales alone.