Make business easier with non-union agreements

Alexander Philipatos, from the Centre for Independent Studies, has an opinion piece published in today’s Drum arguing for the removal of union vetos on new construction projects:

There are practical solutions the government can pursue to create a more workable framework.

An industrial relations framework should, as much as possible, encourage parties to work through issues themselves and come to an agreement. It should also strike a balance between workplace flexibility and employee representation. Current laws create delays, drive up costs and make local firms uncompetitive.

Removing union vetos on new projects would be a good place for the government to start. The Coalition should be bold and make it easier to do business in Australia by reintroducing non-union greenfields agreements.

While such changes do not address the numerous other problems inherent in the Fair Work Australia regime, they may nevertheless represent a starting place for the reform Australia desperately needs.

You can read the full article here.

Fair Work Act a Tax on Jobs

Extract from Editorial, The Australian, March 8 2014 (Emphasis added):

“Like Qantas, the nation is being held back by workplace laws which impose a high cost base on companies; in effect, the Fair Work Act is a tax on jobs. Restoring our international competitiveness and improving productivity will require a suite of reforms, some of which may prove to be disruptive in the short run. But as we learned in the 1980s and 90s, high-paying jobs and broad-based prosperity flow when governments unleash the forces of innovation and competition”.