Inquiry into the Industrial Relations (Restoring Fairness) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015.
The Queensland Council of Unions (QCU) is the peak union body in Queensland and makes this brief submission in relation to the Industrial Relations (Restoring Fairness) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 (the Bill). Firstly the QCU congratulates the Palaszczuk Government on acting so quickly to implement election promises and thanks the committee for this opportunity to make a submission. The union movement consistently opposed the amendments made to the Industrial Relations Act 1999 by the Newman Government. In almost all cases, these amendments sought to remove or reduce conditions of employment and workplace rights. A précis of the major amending acts introduced by the Newman Government is set out hereunder. Continue reading
Introduction The Queensland Council of Unions (QCU) is the peak union body in Queensland. It comprises 29 affiliated unions, representing over 370,000 union members. Our mission statement is: “Leading Unions to achieve industrial, political and social justice for Queensland workers”. The QCU has an Executive of 46 Officers, 13 of whom form the Management Committee. The QCU was invited to make a submission by Senator the Hon. Eric Abetz, Minister for Employment. The submission is made on behalf of QCU affiliates and attempts to cover as many of the questions set out in the issues papers produced by the Productivity Commission in January 2015. In reading the issues papers a number of recurrent themes emerge that provide cause for concern within the union movement. Those themes are: labour costs, including penalty rates; productivity; protections for employees; and the workplace relations system. The tone of the questions asked in the issue papers, combined with equivocating and obfuscation by the Abbott Government and the on-going regressive approach adopted by a number of employer organisations, lead to the concerns set out under the various headings below. Continue reading