Union boss threats cannot prevail

“Bill Shorten is facing a serious test in coming weeks after revelations today that Victorian Unions are attempting to blackmail the Minister unless he makes even more union boss friendly changes incorporating compulsory arbitration in the Fair Work Act,” Senator Abetz said today.

“It is a shameful threat by the Victorian Trades Hall Council to withdraw support for Labor in marginal seats unless Mr Shorten implements additional changes to the Fair Work Act.”

“Despite sensibly removing the proposed compulsory arbitration from the Bill currently before the Parliament, Mr Shorten has today said that he actually supports the union bosses’ push.”

“Mr Shorten has a choice; he can continue to be a ventriloquist doll for his union boss comrades or he can stand up to them and act in the national interest.”

“Any continued moves to reintroduce compulsory arbitration would be yet another huge win for union bosses at the expense of working Australians and their employers and would be another clear broken promise.” Senator Abetz said.

On another issue, today Labor Vice President and senior union boss Tony Sheldon has been outed as a hypocrite after actively supporting the Labor/ACTU campaign against 457 visa-holders.

“Revelations that several employees at the TWU are on 457 visas is typical of Labor’s “Do as I say, not as I do” approach,” Senator Abetz said.

“Labor’s chief strategist who dreamed up this anti 457 visa plan is in fact the beneficiary of such a visa himself.”

“John McTernan now has some competition for hypocrite of the year,” Senator Abetz said.

“If Labor was serious about border protection, they would stop the boats instead of trying to stop skills that Australia needs from time to time – including in the Prime Minister office and in union secretariats.”

“It is of great concern that Fair Work Ombudsman inspectors will be focused on checking up on 457 visa holders instead of supporting workers and small businesses.”

“Only a Coalition Government can deliver open and honest Government that isn’t held to ransom by trade union bosses,” 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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