ACTU Wrong on Job Security

21 May 2018 |

The latest claims by the ACTU that 40% of Australians are in insecure work are false and misleading, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today.

“Unions imply that every single person working casually, as an independent contractor or in labour hire is doing so against their wishes,” Australian Chamber CEO, James Pearson, said today.

“This is simply not true for the many thousands of students, tradies, nurses, and others who rely on the extra pay and flexibility that comes with casual work, agency work, self-employment and other forms of work being attacked by the ACTU.”

“It ignores that these work arrangements can meet the needs of both businesses and working people.

“The greatest threat to job security in Australia in 2018 is the high-stakes campaign being run by the ACTU.” Mr Pearson said.

“Union bosses must accept responsibility for the threat posed to the low paid and those seeking work, by the ACTU’s unaffordable wage claims and proposals to change our employment laws that would lock the unemployed out of work and put existing jobs at risk.

“The business community rejects attempts to cause division in Australian workplaces, and we reject union campaign tactics that try to frighten Australians.

“Whilst it may be disappointing to those driving the union campaign, Australia is not a divided nation.

“Opportunities to work remain one of strongest avenues to social and community inclusion. We must not allow them to be lost for cynical, partisan political gain.”

Duncan Bremner

Director - Public Affairs and Advocacy

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