Unions working hard to protect workers' share

Queensland unions have welcomed today’s ABS reports that wages share of the economy has increased to a 12-year high*.

Queensland Council of Unions General Secretary Ros McLennan welcomed the news but warned that a re-elected LNP Abbott-Turnbull government would dismantle the current Fair Work regime.

“We should not forget that the Fair Work legislation introduced by a Labor Government is still in place,” Ms McLennan said.

“Despite repeated efforts to dismantle the Fair Work framework, Prime Ministers Abbott and Turnbull have been unable to get their repressive legislation through the Senate.

“It is quite possible we would have seen a very different set of figures had the LNP got their way over the past three years,” she said.

“You only have to look at the recommendations of the Productivity Commission report to see what could happen if the Abbott-Turnbull Government is re-elected.

“The Abbott-Turnbull Government previously commissioned that report with the clear intention of taking away workers’ rights at work and making it harder for unions to protect workers’ pay and conditions,” she said.

“It is important that Queensland workers understand that the LNP have tried but failed to change the laws that have contributed to this result.

“A re-elected Abbott-Turnbull Government would be emboldened to go after conditions such as penalty rates, collective bargaining rights, the minimum wage and the ability of employers and employees to agree about the appropriate use of labour hire,” said Ms McLennan.

“We are urging Queensland workers to put the LNP last to ensure that our current workplace relations system is not gutted,” she said.

*(Australian National Accounts: National Income, Expenditure and Product, Mar 2016, 5206.0).

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