Labor has signalled it could proceed preventing the coalition’s industrial relations reform even after essentially the most controversial half has been scrapped.
Industrial Relations Minister Christian Porter dropped a provision that may allow the suspension of the Better Off Overall Test (BOOT) for companies affected by the COVID-19 restrictions.
The government-backed down on BOOT adjustments because it grew to become clear the laws wouldn’t acquire help from the crossbench senators with the proposal.
However, the concession hasn’t modified Labor’s opposing stance on the problem.
Shadow industrial relations minister Tony Burke made it clear they’ll proceed to combat the laws.
“Labor set a very simple test: we would support the legislation if it delivered secure jobs with decent pay,” Burke mentioned in a statement. “The government’s legislation still fails that test.”
“Labor has always made it clear that while the BOOT change was the most egregious attack on job security and workers’ pay in the Government’s bill, it is certainly not the only one.”
Porter mentioned the continued opposition to the invoice meant the unions and Labor was voting in opposition to informal employee pathways to everlasting employment and prison penalty for wage theft.
“Labor have just said they will not engage, they will not discuss the Bill with us, they will just oppose everything,” Porter said.
The Australian Council of Trade Unions argues the invoice would cut back the bargaining energy of staff.
“As all working people know; bargaining with employers for better pay and conditions is already difficult enough.” ACTU Secretary Sally McManus said.
“The rate of casualisation of our workforce desperately needs to be addressed. This bill will make the problem worse.”
Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) criticised Labor’s industrial relation plans, accusing the opposition authorities of failure to recognise how jobs are created.
“It’s a plan to kill off casual employment, something unions are desperate to do, but which will harm young people, small and family business people and local communities,” ACCI director Scott Barklamb said.
“Wiping out casual work won’t lead to more part or full-time positions; it will lead to fewer jobs and lower pay.”
Australian Industry Group says after the concessions made by the coalition, Labor ought to help the “sensible and modest” proposal.
“The sensible and modest IR changes in the bill deserve the support of all Parliamentarians.” Chief Executive of Australian Industry Group Innes Willox said. “It is important that the community’s interests prevail over vested interests, and the bill is passed without delay.”