Scott Morrison has made it clear. His government is about to move on with changing the industrial relations system. It is already heavily weighted against workers and restricts union representation, through limitation of allowable matters, red tape, and denying the right of union organisers to enter the workplace. Morrison and his government want to go much further than this. Continue reading Morrison ramps up exploitation of workers→
The following, written on 11 September 2020, by Paddy Crumlin, National Secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), is about the attempt of shipping companies, especially Shipping Australia, to attack the union and working conditions under the cover of Covid-19. This is going on right now. The union has adopted a strategy to campaign with the minimal disruption to the wider community. But the situation remains tense. Shipping Australia is trying to put out that union action on the job is causing too much disruption and are undoubtedly pressing their political mates to act against the union. But Paddy Crumlin explains, it is their actions that are causing the problems.
Australian Unions are fighting to protect the jobs, wages, and rights of every worker in Australia. Australians need fairer and better rights at work. The Australian council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has been invited into talks with employers and the Morrison government, on paper, this is about how to get the economy going again.
Many who strongly suspect that the intention of the government take from workers. Employer organisations have made it clear that they wish to stop wage increase and impose greater labour flexibility, which means more casual and part time jobs. The ACTU is expected to agree.
ACTU Secretary Sally McManus puts the case for participation in the talks, and insists that improving wage s share in the economy, and reducing the casualisation of work are core demands. They will not be given away, she insists.