Tackling Union Lawlessness

Tackling Union Lawlessness

We’ve taken action to tackle union lawlessness and improve accountability.

By doing this we are supporting productive, co-operative workplaces.

FIXING THE BUILDING INDUSTRY

We’re protecting 1.1 million construction workers and 350,000 small businesses from CFMMEU thuggery.

Since re-establishing the Australian Building and Construction Commission, the number of days lost to industrial action in this industry has fallen by 50%.

We’ve also ended the union veto over vital new infrastructure projects.

MORE ACCOUNTABILITY

We’ve introduced a new Registered Organisations Commission.

This protects around 2 million workers who are members of a union or employer group.

The Commission requires unions to be as transparent and accountable as companies.

BANNING SECRET PAYMENTS

We’ve banned secret and corrupting payments between employers and unions.

In recent years, evidence has emerged of a raft of dodgy payments that have left workers worse off – some involving payments by employers to the AWU when Mr Shorten was its leader.

PROTECTING TRUCK DRIVERS

We abolished the union-friendly tribunal that threatened the livelihoods of 35,000 owner-operator truck drivers.

PROTECTING CFA VOLUNTEERS

We changed the law to protect 60,000 Country Fire Authority volunteer firefighters from a hostile union takeover.

PROTECTING VULNERABLE WORKERS

We’ve also changed the law to protect vulnerable workers from unscrupulous employers.

Information current as at April 2019