Unions readying for 2018 Queensland election

Queensland’s Liberal National Party leader Lawrence Springborg with deputy John-Paul Langbroek
Queensland’s Liberal National Party leader Lawrence Springborg with deputy John-Paul Langbroek DAN PELED

NOT content with having helped the LNP to lose government, Queensland unions are working on a new plan to see if "it has really changed" ahead of the 2018 state election.

Marginal LNP seats Whitsunday, Chatsworth, Mt Ommaney and Everton are among the electorate target list for the Together Union as it begins its campaign to see the government's industrial relations laws pass the minority parliament.


The IR Laws, which are due to be debated later this year, aim to "reinstate employment security for public servants, protections against the contracting out of government services, restore immediate right of entry provisions where there are suspected safety concerns, restore the Industrial Relations Commission and return Labour Day to March".

The legislation also includes the union encouragement clause that the previous government stamped out.

Critics of the legislation, including Opposition leader Lawrence Springborg, said the government was just rewarding "union mates" and that the Newman Government provisions had streamlined the public service.

Read more at Brisbane Times



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