Media Release: The H.R. Nicholls Society Condemns McGowan Government’s Union Deal

Submitted by John Gray on Tue, 08/20/2019 - 00:33
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The H.R. Nicholls Society, Australia’s only institute solely devoted to reforming Australia’s Industrial Relations system, has today condemned a deal between the McGowan government and the CPSU/CSA as unfair to workers that choose not to join a union. The deal makes it harder for non-union members to find work in the public sector but it also restricts opening up services to the free-market. 

Not only does this deal restrict the government’s ability to contract out at a cheaper rate, it severely limits job opportunities for hard-working Western Australians that choose not to be members of a union,” said John Gray, HRN Executive Director. “This deal is so skewed towards the union, the CPSU/CSA is publically bragging about how good it is. They are boasting that they have broken the government’s wages policy, much to the lament of the WA Police Union, who have been campaigning for time away from the rigours of policing. The McGowan Government has effectively told Western Australian police officers that bureaucrats working in an office deserve more time off than they do. 

“Comments made by WA Industrial Relations Minister, Bill Johnson, claiming he is pleased with the agreement because union members are willing to play a role in helping dig the state out of a financial hole is farcical at best. He asserts that society wouldn’t be able to function without the public sector but were this true, there would be no need to interfere in the operation of the job market and there would certainly be no need to prevent competition from the private sector.

“The H.R. Nicholls Society believes in a jobs market free of government interference so it’s really disappointing that the McGowan Government has decided to bow to special interests, to the detriment of hard-working Western Australians. 


John Gray | Executive Director