UNION leaders will demand Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard commit Labor to a “second wave” of industrial relations reforms at the next federal election, using next month’s ACTU Congress as a springboard to try to secure more union-friendly workplace changes.
They are finalising an industrial relations platform that goes substantially further than Labor’s Fair Work Act by advocating a raft of pro-union proposals.
ACTU secretary Jeff Lawrence told The Australian yesterday that the congress would set the union movement’s agenda before it was pressed at the subsequent ALP national conference in July-August.
“We will be urging and campaigning for further legislation in accordance with our policy,” Mr Lawrence said.
Victorian Trades Hall Council secretary Brian Boyd said the state’s unions had endorsed a strategy to “use congress to push hard to get a second-term agenda out of the Government”.
Mr Boyd warned Labor should not expect a repeat of the successful Your Rights At Work campaign unless the Government was prepared to make substantial promises. continue reading