Change The Rules message rings out as election called
IEUA-QNT members joined with working people across the country at Change The Rules rallies held yesterday, 10 April 2019.
The rallies called for change to our broken industrial rules and sent a strong message just ahead of news that the federal election will be held on 18 May – where workers will have the opportunity to cast their vote for a fairer future.
Members have experienced first-hand the impacts of Australia’s broken industrial system. It is a system that is stacked against workers and – far too often – gamed by employers.
In our schools, these broken rules have resulted in unacceptable levels of insecure work and an inability for members to bargain effectively for fair wages and conditions.
The Change The Rules campaign seeks to rebalance the industrial system and reduce inequality, which is now at a 70 year high.
The message shared at the rallies yesterday was clear: to change the rules, we need to change the government.
The Coalition government has refused to agree to the Change The Rules agenda. So far, only the ALP, the Greens and the Katter Party have committed to rebalancing our industrial system and providing fairness for workers.
IEUA-QNT Assistant Secretary Brad Hayes said Australia’s oppressive industrial laws were imposed by the Howard government in the mid-2000s and members had rightly had enough of a system working against their best interests.
“IEUA-QNT members have a clear opportunity to cast their vote for fairness at the upcoming election,” Mr Hayes said.
“If we change the broken industrial rules, we can address the insecure work crisis impacting our schools, achieve meaningful outcomes in collective bargaining, support real wage growth and close inequality gaps.
“Essentially what all voters face at this election is an opportunity to leave a fairer future for the next generation.”
Change The Rules rallies were held in 14 centres across the country, including key electorates in Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville, Gladstone and Rockhampton.
View photographs from the Clontarf and Beenleigh rallies in the gallery below.
Find out more about the Change The Rules campaign at www.changetherules.org.au