Feb 27, 2018

The many forces trying to ‘tear up’ our workplace laws

To read the news today, you'd think one organisation was gunning for IR change. The truth is more complicated.

Charlie Lewis — Journalist

Charlie Lewis


In a big-news-story shaped hole on its front page today, The Australian has exposed the shocking truth: Bill Shorten told potty-mouthed construction industry workers in Queensland late last year that Labor planned to reform Industrial Relations laws! Or, as Simon Benson puts it:

"Bill Shorten vowed to tear up the nation’s industrial laws, which he described as a “cancer”, during a rallying speech late last year to workers at a Queensland coalmine where CFMEU protesters were revealed to have allegedly threatened to rape the children of non-striking workers."

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6 thoughts on “The many forces trying to ‘tear up’ our workplace laws

  1. klewso

    “remarkable that a story on the national broadsheet’s front page could contain literally no new information”? Seriously?

  2. Nudiefish

    First demonise the only agency designed to look after workers rights. Then make industrial action practically illegal. Afterwards cut corporate tax rates.

    Lastly, puzzle why wages have stagnated and ponder on the casualisation of the remaining workforce.

    None of these things are accidental, people.

    1. 124C4U

      Boy! Am I glad that I am retired.
      But I have to say that a lot of the problem stems from us peasants ourselves.
      In my own field it was very hard to get the members (Union membership was supposed to be compulsory) to take any interest in Union matters. Most of us were too “gentlemanly”to ask one another if we were Union members. It was almost impossible to get Members to act in their own interest at the behest of the Union. Most communication from the Union to members was passed by some crawler to the Co. almost at light speed.
      90% of the members begrudged paying their union dues. The young fellows thought that things had always been this good and could only get better.
      Now the realities of the system are biting.

  3. CML

    Are we all just going to lay down and let this happen? For heavens sake: join your appropriate union…NOW!!

  4. sheamcduff

    I note Murdoch’s minions called the CFMEU “militant”…… but, did they go the whole hog and add the usual “union Bosses’ and ‘thugs’?
    I ask cos I didn’t and won’t get down in the muck by visiting their sites.

  5. Pollietragic

    Economists like Ross Gittins, cautiously in recent years, acknowledge that household spending is the heart of the economy. Employers and the LNP have always argued to suppress wage growth.

    Consistently denying unions any positive media coverage on their victories, arguing against wage increases, implying productivity rates reflected lazy workers rather than companies failing to invest in capital equipment, stacking industrial commissio0ns with their cronies, are the tactics of media owners, employer groups and the LNP.

    IR Change? You will need a combination of a change of Govt, a lessening of greed, and culture change in LNP class based warfare. Good luck with that.

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