Opposition launches industrial relations policy review
Monday, 25 September 2017 | 10:31
The Federal Labor Opposition has launched an industrial relations policy review which it says is part of a plan to promote stronger union relations within the workplace.
The review is part of an overhaul that is being implemented as the New South Wales Labor Government looks to rebuild its political machine after a federal election defeat by the Liberals.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he believes unions are «not going to be able to continue to get their way».
Mr Turnbull said Labor had been «a prime minister who was a great champion of the free market, a great proponent of trade liberalisation, but also, I think, an effective government, and the opposition has chosen to continue to be engaged in the Labor Party’s fight against the Liberal Party.»
Labor wants to increase the number of unions in state government and local government by 50 per cent.
Mr Turnbull said at the same time that he would welcome a review, but acknowledged that a complete overhaul was likely to require an extensive review of both the union-busting and industry-busting systems.
«When we talk about the free-market system, and then we move to the industry-busting system where they don’t get their fair share because they can’t be competitive, then I think we do have to have some discussion of these issues,» he said.
«They’re going to get into trouble. I think you’ll see those discussions come up during this process of industry relations, as well as other parts of the industry.»
He added there was a «moral obligation to talk to them about these issues as a part of our review».
At the same time, Mr Turnbull noted that his own «tough talk» approach would not hurt unions.
«I will say one thing, for all the tough talk about how we need to fight them, our own tough talk about how we will go about our efforts to bring down their membership numbers, I think that will play to the union members’ strengths.
«You get th속초출장마사지 속초출장샵em to vote for something, whether that be a more open and fair system or better processes, which is my aim,» he said.
But a spokeswoman for Ms Shorten said the Opposition was looking파라오 카지노 at «every option we can» to rein in industrial relations issues.
«Labor’s industrial relations policy review is the next 김해출장안마logical step towards fixing industrial relations and improving job security and opportunities for Australians and Australian business,» the spokeswoman sai