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Newman’s power grab concerning for Qld workers
THE ACTU has slammed the Queensland Newman Government’s attempt to seize industrial relations powers from the Federal Government and return almost 300,000 small business employees to the state IR system.
ACTU president Ged Kearney said the move would leave hundreds and thousands of workers vulnerable to losing pay and conditions like penalty rates.
“It is clear that the only reason they would take the trouble to do this is if they have an agenda to extend their anti-worker policies to more Queenslanders,” Ms Kearney said.
Ms Kearney said that the Newman Government’s close relationship with business groups made it likely that a new IR system would be used to cut workers’ entitlements.
“This is an astonishing proposal from the Newman Government, which shows how arrogant and out-of-touch it is with the workers of Queensland.”
Read the ACTU’s full media release here