Shorten Must Not Attend Militant Union Conference

In the latest example of Mr Shorten acting as an ex-union boss first and a Minister last, he will tomorrow officially open the MUA’s conference titled “140 years of militant struggle”, which “bringstogether representatives from some of the most successful and militant trade unions from around Australia and the world.

“After recording an 8 year record high in strikes around Australia and witnessing the worst elements of militant unionists involved in the Grocon, Abigroup, Little Creatures and City West Water disputes, Mr Shorten is embracing militant union bosses and opening their conference,” Senator Abetz said today.

“While workers are showing up to work face an environment of disgusting thuggery, militancy and intimidation from union bosses, Mr Shorten is opening a conference which celebrates militancy and thuggery.”

Mr Shorten needs to answer the following questions:

“Does the Minister’s attendance at a conference celebrating militant trade unions mean that he also supports MUA officials who have circulated posters labelling workers as ‘scabs’ in direct violation of the Fair Work Act?”

“Will he demand that union bosses in the building and construction sector act within the law?”

“Will Mr Shorten call on union bosses to stop commencing illegal picket lines, again, in direct violation of the Fair Work Act and in direct violation of his bullying announcement?”

“And importantly, will he accept the important recommendations from his own million dollar Fair Work Review to plug holes in the Fair Work Act allowing union bosses to engage in this militancy?”

“I doubt it. Instead, Mr Shorten is set to be welcomed with open arms by these union bosses who pride themselves on thuggish behaviour.”

“It’s also curious that while the Prime Minister is banned from Western Australia the Prime Minister in waiting, Mr Shorten, has had the red carpet rolled out,” 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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