Martin Ferguson, a former President of the ACTU and Minister for Resources in the Rudd-Gillard Government has called for radical reform of Australia’s broken industrial relations framework:
“We must get serious about closing the competitive gap that has opened up between Australia and our rivals,” he will say.
“A workplace relations system that drives investment to other countries is in nobody’s interest – certainly not those union members and their families who will be bargaining themselves out of a future.”
“I would urge the Government to keep an open mind on the need for further reform in this area,” he will say.
“The objectives of the Fair Work Act need to be examined to make sure they truly reflect the need for Australia to be internationally competitive.”
Mr Ferguson has also supported reinstating the ABCC as “a mechanism that holds both sides to account and which can help deliver projects on time and on budget,”