ACTU President Michele O’Neil congratulates Kelly O’Dwyer on her new Cabinet appointment as Minister for jobs, industrial relations, and women, but calls on her for more secure jobs, better pay, and to rebalance bargaining power for workers.
Quotes attributable to ACTU President Michele O’Neil:
“A new minister is always an opportunity for a fresh approach. It is our responsibility to look at their record to ensure we know who we are dealing with on the issues that matter to workers: More secure jobs and better pay.
“Minister O’Dwyer needs to immediately outline how she intends to address the low wage crisis, clarify her position on penalty rates that are due for further cuts and those under review, explain how she will repair our employment system to reduce underemployment, crack down on labour hire and give working people more job security. We need to see her plan to lift the pay of women and bring about wage equity in Australia.
“As minister for women, Kelly O’Dwyer failed to respond to the need for paid domestic violence leave.
“As minister for superannuation she strongly resisted a royal commission into the banks. The royal commission eventually revealed tens of thousands of alleged criminal breaches in for-profit retail super.”