Industrial Relations

Outdated workplace laws deny the dignity of work

One of the great sources of human fulfilment is the dignity of work. It establishes independence, the means for material sustenance and allows us to provide for our families. The most effective way that employment opportunities can be harnessed is for government to get out of the way to allow job creation by liberalising industrial relations laws to encourage employees and their employers to determine the terms of their own relationship.

History attests to this with record-low unemployment at 4.3% during the Howard era after he deregulated workplace laws. Similarly, we see booming job reports under the Trump administration with his pro-enterprise agenda that involves cutting business red tape. Unfortunately, with election season around the corner, there have been worrying proposals from Oppositions both state and federally, that will return us to the bad old days of inflexible labour markets, disruptive industrial action from militant unions, and businesses tied down … Read the rest

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