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Morrison has no mandate for regressive IR agenda: ACTU


The Morrison Government’s narrow re-election means it has no mandate for a regressive IR agenda, the peak body for working people has warned.

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has signaled that they, and the wider union movement, will continue to campaign on Australia’s industrial relations agenda – carrying on the work of the ‘Change the Rules’ campaign.

In a statement released in the wake of the federal election result, the ACTU outlined their commitment to continue advocating for a change of industrial relations in Australia.

“The Change the Rules campaign will continue until working people get a fair go. We will campaign as long as it takes.

Scott Morrison refused to outline an alternative vision for Australian workers and can claim no mandate to continue down the path of reducing working people’s rights nor can he claim a mandate to further erode workers’ living standards.

Millions voted for better laws for working people and the incoming government must take those views into account.

The Australian Union movement will work every day, starting immediately, to hold this Government to account and to advocate for urgently needed rights for working people.”

ACTU Secretary, Sally McManus, said “This election shows how much the rich and powerful will invest, and how far they will go, to maintain a system that benefits them at the expense of the vast majority of Australians.

“Our response will be to re-double our efforts until we win change.”

McManus also thanked the hard work of dedicated unionists and volunteers across the election campaign, stating “I thank every union member and volunteer who has been party of the fight so far to make Australia a fairer place.

“To the millions who voted to change the government we will continue to fight for better rules for working people.”


 Read the full statement here