Union Bosses Just Getting More Militant

Just days after Labor announced sweeping new powers that will give expanded right of entry powers for union bosses, the Australian Bureau of Statistics has today released data that shows a significant increase in working days lost to industrial disputes on a year on year basis.

During the year ended December 2012, there were 273,200 working days lost compared with 241,500 in the year ended December 2011, a significant increase of 31,700 working days lost.

“Labor is hopelessly compromised by the trade union bosses and instead of the Prime Minister today issuing an edict to union bosses to act inside the law, she announced another favour for her union mates delivering a slap in the face to the Fair Work Commission by expressing that she has no confidence in its ability to do the right thing by workers on penalty rates,” Senator Abetz said today.

“Many disputes over the last year have been illegal yet Labor has refused to step in and condemn the activities of some militant union bosses.”

“Just the other week at the Maritime Union of Australia’s militancy conference, we had Bill Shorten praising the very same union bosses who earlier in the day told delegates to break the law and who are now being prosecuted by the Fair Work Ombudsman for bullying and harassing workers.”

“It’s time for Labor to stop acting in the union boss interest and start acting in the national interest,” Senator Abetz said.

“Instead of giving union bosses even more right of entry powers Labor should be giving the 80% plus of workers who decide not to join a union the right to eat their lunches in peace free from union boss harassment.”

“These statistics are the equivalent of 1,138 workers on strike for a whole year.”

“Only the Coalition is prepared to bring back the Australian Building and Construction Commission with all of its former powers and stand up to union bosses who do the wrong thing.”

“Labor on the other hand continues to be hopelessly compromised by the millions of dollars collected from hard working union members by union bosses which is handed over to the Labor Party in return for favours,” 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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