Right now, Queensland unions are warning politicians about rushing through industrial relations law changes that give an unfair advantage to the government over its employees in the public sector.
Worker representatives are telling a parliamentary committee today that some aspects of the law changes present a real threat to the working conditions of Queensland public sector workers.
It’s unfair that government ministers can shut down lawful industrial action, or have a second chance to influence the independent industrial umpire.
Queensland workers, including frontline employees like our nurses, our fire fighters, our teachers and our ambulance officers, have concerns about how the new government will treat their next pay deal.
Several significant public sector enterprise agreements expire in the next few months, including those affecting firefighters, teachers and ambulance officers.
The changes are so concerning it’s little wonder the government is hustling them through with minimal community debate.
Today’s committee hearing is the first real opportunity for Queenslanders to voice their concerns about these significant changes.
These changes were not part of the LNP’s ‘100-day plan’ and they are being pushed through with undue haste and little debate.
It’s time to slow down and ensure industrial fairness for our public sector workers.