Government forced to abandon worst of industrial reform

26-Mar-2021


A concerted effort by the Union movement has succeeded in stopping the worst elements of the Morrison Government’s Industrial Relations Omnibus Bill.

The Morrison Government was forced to withdraw four of five components of the bill after union members successfully lobbied the Senate crossbench to oppose the most extreme parts of the proposal.

The IR Bill has been dogged by comparisons to WorkChoices since it’s announcement last year, and includes provisions that would have entrenched insecure work and stunted wage growth.

Faced with a lack of support for the Bill, the Morrison Government responded by removing the only aspect of the Bill which was agreed to by unions and employers - laws aimed at reducing wage theft. On a federal level ASMOF have advocated for Governments to take wage theft seriously and model best practice, particularly in light of widespread underpayments of doctors employed by state Government health services. The Government’s backflip on laws to criminalise serious, deliberate cases of wage theft by employers is disappointing.

You can read more about the changes in the ABC here.

ASMOF NSW – the Doctors’ Union stands with the Australian union movement in opposing the legislation, supporting employee rights and wage growth. You can find out more about the joint union campaign for workers’ rights here .