In an address to the National Press Club on Wednesday 12 December 2018, the Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Brendan O’Connor has clearly outlined Labor’s workplace relations agenda going into the next election.
In his speech, the Shadow Minister outlined that if elected next year, a Labor government will:
The Shadow Minister also flagged changes to skilled migration to ensure that it is not a mainstay of employment, saying that workers on skilled visas “shouldn't be here a day longer than it takes for us to train local workers”.
He indicated that further announcements would be made ahead of the election regarding modern awards and the minimum wage setting process, potentially introducing an aspirational target to link the minimum wage to a measure of median wages.
Many of these proposed changes are concerning as they would increase employment costs and reduce flexibility for employers and potentially result in increased levels of industrial action.
In the lead up to the federal election (expected to be in May 2019) the Victorian Chamber will highlight the extent to which many of these changes would put jobs at risk and will advocate on behalf of our members for a simpler workplace relations system that helps business to grow.
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