Industrial Relations Minister Kelly O’Dwyer’s speech to big business leaders is packed with platitudes and slogans but entirely absent of solutions to deliver fair pay and more secure jobs for working people.
In an address to the Australian Chamber Business Leaders Summit at Parliament House today Minister O’Dwyer repeated new PM Scott Morrison’s focus-grouped yet meaningless campaign slogan.
O’Dwyer went on to demonise the work of a union that secured a fair pay rise for its members in a low wage-growth environment, then spruiked her attempt to interfere in the democratic operation of working people’s unions.
Quotes attributable to ACTU Secretary Sally McManus:
“Today’s speech shows that the new Industrial Relations Minister is only interested in governing for big business.
“To an audience of big business leaders, she attempted to sell her extreme and ideological push to interfere in the democratic operation of working people’s unions as somehow necessary to the wellbeing of the nation.
“She did this despite being unable to convince members of parliament of this idea.
“And despite the chorus of voices from across the political spectrum arguing for better wage growth to keep our economy on course, she chose to demonise the work of a union that had secured fair pay rises for members doing extremely long hours in hazardous conditions.
“Working people need fair pay rises. We need more secure jobs. And we need a balanced system that lets us negotiate fairly with big business.
“But Kelly O’Dwyer is offering us union bashing, slogans and tired, failed, trickle-down nonsense.”