Employers need a voice in Queensland’s workplace relations review

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29 April 2015

Master Electricians Australia (MEA) today called on the Palaszczuk Government to include employer groups in its panel to review Queensland’s workplace relations laws.

MEA General Manager of Workplace Policy, Jason O’Dwyer, said the Treasurer Curtis Pitt had last week signalled a review of workplace laws involving “academics, government and union representatives”, but with no mention of employers.

Mr O’Dwyer said the Government needed to find a place at the table for employer groups, if it wanted a genuine review of the state’s workplace relations arrangements.

“Employment is generated and sustained by employers. Without employers there would be no workplaces,” he said.

“Academics and public servants and union officials may all have very firm views on how businesses should be run, but they don’t actually run them. They are not the ones who put their hand into their pockets to create and sustain employment in Queensland. 

“Master Electricians Australia is calling on the Queensland Government to give employers a seat at the table in its discussions.”

Mr O’Dwyer also flagged concerns about the planned review of electrical safety in the state, also involving only unions and public servants.

“Changes to the Electrical Safety Act and are important considerations for all stakeholders to be involved in, but again electrical contractors and employers have not been offered a seat at the table.

“Master Electricians Australia has worked constructively with both sides of politics in both the federal and state arenas with the sole objective of improving safety for electrical workers and consumers.

“We’ve used our first-hand experience to advise Royal Commissions and coronial inquests, and we believe we have something valuable to add to this review as well.”

Jason O’Dwyer is available for interviews.
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