ACTU has no confidence in Fair Work Commission

ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver’s address to the Press Club today is a vote of no confidence in the Fair Work Commission.

“Mr Oliver’s suggestion of inserting penalty rates and leave entitlements into legislation while there is an ongoing review of the Modern Awards taking place shows he has no confidence in the Commission taking a balanced approach on these issues,” Senator Abetz said today.

“Also, this regrettably politically charged speech attacks the Coalition whilst pretending to have an “independent agenda”. Mr Oliver posed questions for Mr Abbott but not for Ms Gillard.”

“Mr Oliver also failed to talk about the growing instances of union boss corruption that still need to be addressed,” Senator Abetz said.

“If the trade union boss genuinely wanted to ensure greater job security, as claimed, he would support our plan to abolish the Carbon and Mining Taxes and support getting the budget back into surplus as well as the implementation of a fair dinkum paid parental leave scheme. Only the Coalition’s Real Solutions plan offers genuine job security for working Australians. Only a strong economy can deliver real job security.”

“The Coalition supports the role of the Fair Work Commission in determining Modern Awards and penalty rates.”

“The union bosses have a serious decision to make; do they support the continued broken promises and dysfunction from Labor or the Real Solutions plan and vision from the Coalition that will leave workers and union members better off with more secure jobs?” Senator Abetz concluded.

About Eric

Eric Abetz has been a Liberal Senator for Tasmania since 1994 and has served in a range of Leadership, Ministerial and Shadow Ministerial roles.

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