The recent resignation of the Australian Institute of Employment Rights (AIER) President Mordy Bromberg, arising from his appointment to the Federal Court, has seen the Institute appoint a new leadership team.

AIER Executive Director Lisa Heap said:

“Of course for us the loss of Mordy Bromberg will be greatly felt. From the formation of the Institute in November 2005 up to the time of his resignation on appointment to the Federal Court, Mordy has been integrally involved. It was Mordy’s vision, drive and creativity that resulted in the establishment of AIER in 2005 at a time when Australia needed a non-partisan, non-party political advocate for workplace rights and the sensible workplace laws that recognised these rights. Mordy brought to his sponsorship of AIER and its operations a galvanising energy exceeded only by his eminence as an industrial lawyer and his reputation as an advocate for human rights. Our loss is the Australian community’s gain.”

The new management team includes Michael Harmer (Chairman, Harmers Workplace Lawyers) as President; Joellen Riley (Sydney University) as Vice President (Independent); Cath Bowtell (ACTU) as Vice President (Worker); and Fiona Hardie and (Hardie Grant Publishing) as Vice President (Employer).

In what AIER considers one of its biggest coups, Professor Ron McCallum AO has agreed to join Bob Hawke as Patron of the organisation.

In 2010, AIER will concentrate on a stock-take of industrial relations law following twelve months operation of the Fair Work Act 2009, the promotion of its Standard of Employment Rights as a practical tool for organisations looking to improve workplace culture and new initiatives aimed at increasing young workers’ understanding of their workplace rights and responsibilities.

Lisa Heap will continue in the role as Executive Director of AIER.

Media contact: Lisa Heap, AIER Executive Director, 03 9647 9102 / 0418 996 354.