Additional resolution on the trade union movement

Additional resolution on the trade union movement

Anti-union laws still in place

Labor's misnamed Fair Work Act has been in place for two years. While ALP Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten has announced a review into the operation of the Act, this is unlikely to result in any substantial improvements being made in FWA.

FWA remains a continuation of the former Howard government's Work Choices Legislation, and contains strict limitations on the right to organise, bargain and strike. FWA failed to restore unfair dismissal provisions to those prevailing before Work Choices, and outlaws industry wide (pattern bargaining).

Secondary boycotts laws prevent unions from engaging in solidarity actions and the notorious Howard government's Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) is still in place.

While legislation has been drafted to abolish the Office of the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner, it will simply be replaced by a new statutory agency called the Office of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate, whose functions will [1] “correspond in many respects to the ABC Commissioner's functions”.

The proposed legislation will make it an offence to fail to comply with requirements to produce documents, information or attend to answer questions, essentially retaining many of the coercive and penal powers of the ABCC, and continuing the criminalisation of industrial activities by unions in the building and construction industry.

Motion: Socialist Alliance will continue to campaign for the repeal of all anti-worker laws, including the BII Act and its replacement.


1. According to Parliamentary Library Bills Digest August 2009, no. 16, 2009-10, ISSN 1328-8091

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