More rights for union bosses gives green light to militancy

Bill Shorten’s announcement today expanding rights for union bosses even further seeking increased  access to workplaces, including forcing employers to pay for helicopter joy flights for union bosses to fly them out to offshore oil rigs, is just another broken promise from Labor in an effort to appease the union bosses.

In 2007, Julia Gillard promised not to change right of entry laws and said “I'm happy to do whatever you would like. If you'd like me to pledge to resign, sign a contract in blood, take a polygraph, bet my house on it, give you my mother as a hostage, whatever you'd like”.

“The role of the Workplace Relations Minister is to act in the national interest,” Senator Abetz said today.

“Regrettably Mr Shorten sees the role as an extension of and an upmarket version of being a union boss.”

“This announcement comes just days after two union bosses had right of entry permits rejected, including one because of his conviction for grievous bodily harm.”

“After all the thuggery, militancy and abuse of permits that we’ve seen over the last three years, will Mr Shorten guarantee that these expanded provisions won’t be abused? Will he guarantee that union bosses using right of entry permits will not abuse those permits?”

Also of concern to the Coalition are reports that forced compulsory arbitration will be legislated despite Ms Gillard’s rock solid commitment that “compulsory arbitration will not be a feature of good faith bargaining. And Fair Work Australia will only be able to make a binding determination if the parties agree”.

“Clearly Ms Gillard’s word is worthless. No doubt in exchange for these broken promises we will see a tsunami of union donations to the Labor Party as a reward during the election campaign,” Senator Abetz said.

“Mr Shorten is hopelessly conflicted as the most partisan Workplace Relations Minister in living memory. He is simply incapable of acting in the national interest.”

“Only the Coalition is prepared to stand up to the excessive demands of some union bosses and to ensure that workers aren’t bullied and harassed by rogue union bosses at work. The Coalition will carefully consider all aspects of this legislation when it’s presented to the Parliament,” Senator Abetz said.

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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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