Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
Secondary boycotts: unions must not be placed above the law



Download PDFDownload PDF

NEWS

R EASE

JOHN HOWARD, M.P.MEMBER FOR BENNELONGSHADOW MINISTER FOR INOUSTRIALRELATIONS, EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING in 047/93

SECONDARY BOYCO'T'TS: UNIONS UST NOT BE PLACED ABOVE THE LAW

The Opposition is resolutely opposed to the Government's proposal to prnvidp unions with immunit y from Sections 45D and 45E of the Trade Practices Act.

The Government intends to relocate weakened versions of Sections 45D and E as they relate to trade unions to the Industrial Relations Act and to place them within the jurisdiction of a new Labour Court.

The Government intends to make access to 45D and E and common law sanctions available only at the discretion of the Industrial Relations Commission.

There is absolutely no justification for the proposals. Section 45D(3) already exempts genuine industrial action from the secondary boycott provisions.

Sixteen years? experience has shown that the very existence of seetiar.a 450 and L is in mo9t rssi sufficient t4 pr ev en

t the

behaviour they are intended to remedy.

The effectiveness of the provisions was most recently demonstrated by resort employers had to them to end the coal miners' strike.

Relocation of weakened provisions to the Industrial Relations Act and restricted and delayed access will destroy their effectiveness.

Timeliness is the essence. Employers subject to unreasonable, destructive and anti-competitive union behaviour can now seek immediate injunctive relief from the Federal Court.

Employers denied immediate injunctive relief from the Federal Court will bleed to death while the commission vacillates about whether or not it is able to resolve the dispute.

The Government's proposed industrial relations reforms have degenerated into a farcical re-run of its failed attempt to get rid of Sections 45D and E in the mid--'eighties.

COi 1:i1,.40N ` F_ALiH

IA&^ E 4TARY LIBRARY ?v!I CAH

-2-

This is not reform. It is industrial vandalism.

It mocks the Senate by pre-empting the findings of its current inquiry into the industrial relations aspects of Sections 45D and E.

The Opposition will do everything in its power to oppose the watering down of Sections 45D and E.

M JRWILLUMMH 17 September 1993