Déjà vu as ACTU recycles same old casual claim

The ACTU’s demands today for amendments to the Fair Work Act to address “insecure work” simply repeat the ACTU’s long-running claims and bring nothing new to the table.

Indeed, the requests made by Ms McManus today repeat the recommendations from the ACTU’s Insecure Work review conducted by Brian Howe from 2012 – a review rejected in its totality by then Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten.

“Once again the ACTU has demonstrated that they have no original ideas and for the same reason that they were rejected by Prime Minister Gillard, Treasurer Swan and Workplace Relations Minister Shorten in 2012, they should be rejected today,” Senator Abetz said.

“Many casual workers in Australia enjoy the flexibility that comes with that work, especially for university students and for parents returning to the workforce. This is something that has been highlighted in the reviews of the Fair Work Act conducted by Mr Shorten’s hand-picked panel and by the Productivity Commission.”

“It is disappointing that the Labor Party is taking further strides towards Trotskyism under the auspices of ‘inequality’ despite both Wayne Swan and Bill Shorten as Ministers in the Rudd and Gillard Governments stoking the benefits of business tax-cuts to individual workers.”

“Further, it is important that this myth pushed by the unions that the Fair Work Act is biased against unions is dispelled – the Fair Work Act was designed by Julia Gillard in concert with big unions and is heavily skewed against individual workers and small businesses in particular. If anything, we need reforms to the Fair Work Act that return the laws to the sensible centre – something advocated for in both of the Fair Work Reviews and the Coalition’s 2013 Workplace Relations policy,” Senator Abetz concluded.  

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