Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten has a real test today, he must decide whether be backs the union bosses or Julia Gillard’s Fair Work Act.
Victorian Trades Hall Council Secretary Brian Boyd’s call for workers to ignore the Fair Work Act rules and attend protests without employer permission flies in the face of the Fair Work Act.
“It is deeply troubling that union bosses are calling for union members to ignore their own Fair Work Act,” Senator Abetz said today.
“What’s even more troubling is that Bill Shorten has failed to condemn the illegal activity. Mr Shorten must either support the rule of law or the union bosses.”
“The Victorian Government’s strong and decisive action to take control over the way Government money is spent is a positive move.”
“It is the kind of real action which will put a stop to illegality and thuggery in the building and construction sector and protects individual workers and independent contractors. However union bosses despise it because it means a tough cop on the beat.”
“Today’s illegal strike action also provides a test for the new toothless mouse, Fair Work Building and Construction and whether it is able to stand up to the union bosses who have marched people out on these unlawful strikes?”
“All states that have an interest in stamping out the scourge of thuggery and illegality in the sector should follow Victoria’s lead,” Senator Abetz said.