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Brereton shields union privileges



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JOHN HOWARD, Nl.P.

MEMBER FOR BENNELONG SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, EMPLOYMENT 8 TRAINING

22 August 1993;

BRERETON SHIELDS UNION PRIVILEGES

Despite the huffing and puffing of Bill Kelty .the Brereton plan for industrial relations reform will not break the union's stranglehold on industrial relations in Australia..;,

It will not end discrimination against non-unionists in the workplace It will not deliver true workplace bargaining to all Australian workers.

It is clear from Mr Brereton's speech on Frida y. that under his proposals unions will retain the right to argue before, the Industrial Relations Commission that particular workplace agreements to which neither they nor any of their members are parties should be rejected. This hardly places non-unionists on an equal footing with unionists.

In practice this will mean that most employers of non-unionists will in advance seek union blessing for a deal even though the deal is with people who wish to have no contact at all with the union in question.

The Government is alsointent on destroying the secondary boycott provisions . of the . Trade _ Practices Act ' which ` for 15 years - have provided-a valuable protection for -small, business against unreasonable union conduct.

The proposal to transfer these provisions 'to the Industrial Relations Act is their death-knell. Once they are in the Industrial Relations Act no company will be able to invoke them without first going to arbitration. Such a stipulation means

that no firm could obtain quick injunctive relief from the courts as is the case at present.

Destruction of the secondary boycott provisions will place unions in a privileged position above the laws of Australia applying to other sections of the community. y.' No amo'Qnt of special pleading based on ILO conventions or anything else can alter this dark fact.

For further information, contact:

John Howard Tel: (02) 439 4360 C^}' ^ g p,RY

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