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Industrial relations reform: some advice and a question



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JOHN HOWARD, M.P. MEMBER FOR BENNELONG SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING

IRET 19/93

INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS REFORM: SOME ADVICE AND A QUESTION

The Prime Minister must not cave in to the pressure being applied by many union leaders yesterday against his proposed industrial relations reforms.

Although the announcement of these reforms revealed Mr Keating as a total hypocrite for having denounced the Coalition's industrial relations policy during the recent election campaign and although they do not go far enough, they are nonetheless a step in the right direction and their

implementation will benefit Australia.

Therefore, the Prime Minister should ignore the bleatings of Jenni George and others and plough ahead with the changes foreshadowed last Wednesday.

In the process he or his Industrial Relations Minister might answer one simple question.

Under his new industrial relations "vision splendid", what will happen to employees who are part of a completely non unionised workplace?

Will they be allowed either collectively or individually to sign a workplace agreement with their employer?

Or will they have foisted upon them the representative blandishments of a trade union they do not want and by definition have voted against by their refusal to join that or any other union?

Given that 71% of private sector employees in Australia do not belong to unions, this is a crucial question.

reforms will prove to be Australians are not given control their own workplace

The Prime Minister's much vaunted little more than flummery if these the freedom - if they choose - to future.

Canberra COMMONWEALTH

23 April 1993 PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY

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