Asciano joins chorus for immediate IR reform

The SMH reports on the latest company to call for immediate reform to Australia’s job-killing industrial relations system:

Asciano has called for the Abbott government to forge ahead with a tightening of industrial relations laws – including workers’ ability to take protected strike action – ”sooner rather than later”.


Australia’s largest listed ports and rail company has a heavily unionised workforce, especially in its container terminal business and has clashed frequently with the Maritime Union of Australia.


Asciano chairman Malcolm Broomhead told shareholders at its annual meeting that the company continued to be ”burdened by an overregulated industrial relations environment”.


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