THIS ELECTION, VOTE LABOR
This election, Labor is the best choice for union members. The last 6 years have been a fight for survival for many workers. The Federal Liberal government have gone after workers and their unions again and again. They have done nothing to lift wags, letting them languish at the lowest growth in decades, and have voted to cut penalty rates 8 times.
They have got to go.
Labor has committed to #ChangeTheRules and make the election a referendum on wages.
Here’s the reasons that United Voice members are supporting Labor this election.
LABOR HAVE COMMITTED TO PROTECTING AND RESTORING PENALTY RATES
Federal Labor has pledged to reverse penalty rate cuts within 100 days of assuming office if Bill Shorten wins the May 18 election. Since the cut was instigated, the Liberal party have voted 8 times against reversing it.
Meanwhile the penalty rate cuts have not created a single new job. They have totally failed.
The McKell Institute has calculated that workers would be $2,880,000,000 worse off under a re-elected Liberal government who would not reverse the cuts.
LABOR WILL INCREASE THE PAY OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS
Labor has committed to increasing the pay of early childhood educators by 20% across 8 years. This increase is on top of existing award and EBA pay increases.
The pay increase will be worth $11,300 for educators. United Voice early childhood members have fighting for over a decade to get professional pay that reflects the importance of their work. This recognition is vital for continuing high quality care and keeping smart, hard working educators in the industry.
LABOR WILL WORK TO REPAIR OUR BROKEN BARGAINING SYSTEM
Too many of our members have been left out to dry by a broken bargaining system that gives bosses all the power. Labor has heard our members on this and has committed to a series of reforms that return power to workers.
Enterprise bargaining just doesn’t work for many workers especially in hyper-competitive industries like security and cleaning where companies that pay low wages have an unfair advantage or where the employer is not the real decision maker. Most other developed countries give working people the option of bargaining across multiple employers. Labor has committed to upgrading of our rights, so all workers can fairly bargain.
END SUBCONTRACTING SCAMS
Many employers have used labour hire to pay workers less and to take away job security. Labor has committed to stopping this by requiring employers to pay labour hire workers no less than permanent workers.
A national labour hire licensing scheme will ensure that people cannot set up dodgy labour hire companies. There have been many examples of companies ripping off workers and using the temporary visa system to exploit people. While some State Governments have set up licensing schemes, Labor has committed to a national Labor Hire Licensing Scheme
THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT’S ATTACKS ON WORKERS
They have consistently sought to minimise the power of workers to collectively organise. The Liberal government has introduced many pieces of legislation to disempower workers and their union. They set up the anti-union organisations such as ABCC and ROC. The ROC targets unions to scare them out of fighting for their members. They instigated a sham televised raid on the AWU and waste member’s money with frivolous red tape that no other organisation outside of the union movement would ever have to deal with.
They have done nothing to encourage growth in stagnant wages that have seen Australian workers go backwards whilst their mates in big business make record profits.
This government is fundamentally opposed to the rights of workers.
LABOR WILL GIVE CASUALS A PATH TO PERMANENT WORK
If someone has worked regularly for over 12 months and would like to convert to permanent work with the rights that go along with it, they would have the right to do under a Shorten Labor government.