Committee recommends IR bills should be passed

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Committee recommends IR bills should be passed

The Morrison government has welcomed a Senate Committee report which recommended two key industrial relations bills be passed by Parliament.

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The Morrison government has welcomed a Senate Committee report which recommended two key industrial relations bills be passed by Parliament. 
 
It says the Ensuring Integrity and Proper Use of Worker Benefits bills will help to curb lawlessness by militant unions and provide transparency and accountability to the way members’ funds are managed. 
 
Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations Christian Porter said that in the three months that the committee spent reviewing the bills, the CFMMEU racked up a further $276,500 in court-ordered penalties after being convicted of another 26 contraventions of workplace laws. 
 
“That is on top of the more than $16 million in penalties the CFMMEU has been hit with in recent years for over 2160 contraventions of the law, including conduct involving coercion, intimidation and harassment,” Mr Porter said. 
 
“This repeated lawbreaking hurts us all by inflating the cost of vital infrastructure projects like roads, schools and hospitals. In fact, as Master Builders Australia has said, projects are costing up to 30 per cent more as a direct result of union militancy and unlawful industrial action.   

“The Ensuring Integrity Bill will reign-in that behaviour by ensuring those who run registered organisations – be it a union or an employer group – are fit and proper people to do so. The Bill also gives more power and greater flexibility to the Federal Courts to de-register organisations that persistently and wilfully break the law. 
 
“The Worker Entitlements Bill complements those reforms by ensuring better financial governance and accountability of registered organisations and associated entities, and increasing transparency around the management of the hundreds of millions held in worker entitlement funds (WEFs).” 

Bill should be blocked


Shadow IR Minister Tony Burke says the Ensuring Integrity Bill is irredeemable and should be blocked by the Senate. 
 
"This is a Bill that is fundamentally flawed and extremely dangerous. It will be weaponised against unions and by extension Australian workers who need a pay rise," he said. 
 
"It will be used to hobble the organisations that fight wage theft and worker exploitation, and ensure safer workplaces.   
 
"Labor has contributed a dissenting report that sets out our many problems with this Bill – and makes it clear we will not support this legislation under any circumstances."
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