Fair Work Commission can’t afford Bullying - More Shorten spin with no plan

Yesterday’s announcement by Bill Shorten with much fanfare that the Fair Work Commission would now take and arbitrate complaints of bullying has been quashed by the Fair Work Commission today.

In Senate Estimates, the Fair Work Commission advised that they have already told the Department of Finance that they could not afford these additional responsibilities without significant additional financial support. Fair Work President Iain Ross also noted that the Commission’s bench was close to capacity with the current case-load.

“Once again, we have a grand announcement from Mr Shorten but when it comes to the implementation the issues are already coming to the surface,” Senator Abetz said today.

“Mr Shorten didn’t even bother to talk to the Commission before making the announcement – it was only when the Department of Finance was trying to make the figures add up that the FWC was consulted.”

“Bullying is a very serious issue that needs serious attention, not a rushed and ill-considered announcement from a Minister who is all announcement and no delivery.”

“I look forward to Minister Shorten’s announcement on where the money’s coming from and how he plans to deal with the additional case-load,” Senator Abetz concluded.

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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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