Fairness restored to QLD IR laws
The Queensland Government’s move to restore fairness to workers’ rights and representation has been commended by the workers across the state.
Queensland Council of Unions (QCU) General Secretary Ros McLennan said new laws reversed the extreme anti-worker legislation introduced by the former LNP government during their single term of government.
“In three short years, the then LNP government stripped away workers’ rights and entitlements, they hampered the right of employees to bargain and removed job security by encouraging outsourcing of jobs in communities across the state.
“(They) also rendered the independent industrial umpire impotent, and opened the door to the LNP government potentially misusing the 'terminating industrial action' provision to shut down lawful employee action,” she said.
Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said the Bill would establish key defining features for the state’s industrial relations system including:
- a set of minimum employment conditions and standards;
- collective bargaining as the cornerstone for setting wages and conditions;
- a set of individual rights to fair treatment;
- effective, transparent and accountable governance and reporting obligations for all registered industrial organisations and employer associations; and
- a strong and effective independent umpire.
Ms McLennan said new legislation recently introduced into Parliament was in complete contrast to the former LNP Government’s legislation both in its substantive content and the process by which it was developed.
“Rather than a piecemeal and dictatorial approach, it has involved a holistic and consultative review. This new Bill restores balance and workability to the system that had been removed by the LNP,” Ms McLennan said.
"These laws show the State Government values the work of public sector workers, local government workers, nurses, teachers, emergency services workers and indeed everyone providing public services to Queenslanders,” she said.