Pro Union Deals Have No Mandate or Remit

In just seven recent announcements the government has again displayed its pro union bias that works to undermine the economy.

These deals include:

  • Tying $1.2 billion in aged care reforms to union based EBAs which favour the HSU;
  • Tying $300 million for child care pay subsidies to union based EBAs in favour United Voice;
  • Legislating to entrench penalty rates;
  • Undermining 457 visas to garner union support;
  • Subverting right of entry conditions;
  • Making the Fair Work Ombudsman police 457 visas; and
  • Forcing employers to pay for transportation and accommodation costs for union officials.

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Public Policy Corrupted

The government may now have resorted to union conscription for aged care workers, as it is reported that commonwealth funding for aged care providers would be tied to union-based enterprise bargaining agreements.

This proposal amounts to a direct intervention in the private sector by the commonwealth to seek a favourable outcome for a vested interest – the union movement.

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No Excuse for Delay

Media reports today that the coalition will delay any meaningful reform of the workplace relations system until after 2016 are disappointing at best.

To use the shield of a Productivity Commission review of the workplace relations system is not an excuse to shirk the immediate changes to the workplace system that should take place.

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