ACTU’s retro strike proposal will hurt workers most

Former Employment Minister Eric Abetz has savaged proposed changes to the Fair Work Laws from the ACTU that would destroy jobs and constrain the economy. Worse still, the Labor Party have not ruled out the changes.

The ACTU has unveiled a plan that includes sector-wide strike abilities, a feature of the industrial landscape not seen in more than 40 years.

“This destructive embrace of socialism would send a shockwave through the economy, send a clear message to employers not to employ and see militant unions running rampant in Australia,” Senator Abetz said.

“These dangerous proposals don’t help workers or their employers, they only help union bosses at a time when union membership is continuing to tank.”

“The fact that Labor are now seemingly embracing this nonsense and agreeing that the ‘Fair Work laws are broken’ is simply bizarre - these are Julia Gillard’s laws, coauthored by the ACTU that were wholly backed by Bill Shorten. Indeed, Labor have tried to block every single proposed change put forward by the Government and sought to ignore two reviews of the Fair Work Act and a Royal Commission.”

“If Labor is to maintains any credibility in the workplace relations space, they must immediately condemn these destructive ultra-socialist proposals,” 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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