Industrial Relations Policy
The Queensland Greens believe that:
- The Federal Government's "Workchoices" reforms were an attack on the rights and entitlements of working Australians. The Queensland Government must make every effort to protect employees from the effects of anti-worker laws.
- Collective Bargaining can provide good outcomes for both employers and employees by simplifying the negotiation of contracts between employers and large numbers of employees.
- Workers have the right to freedom of association. The right to join, or not join, a union and exercise rights of union membership must be protected.
- Workers can help protect their rights and conditions by joining a union and participating in union workplace activities. Unions have traditionally played a central role in the industrial and social life of Queensland and Australia and continue to be relevant, especially in uncertain economic times.
- The Industrial Relations system should protect the rights of workers and provide efficient ways to settle industrial disputes.
- Queenslanders are better off with secure employment. The Queensland Government should lead by example and protect the rights and conditions of its staff. The Queensland Government should be an employer of choice in its policies
- All public servants in employed by the Queensland government and local governments should be protected by the Queensland IR system.
The Queensland Greens want:
- To protect the rights of all Queenslanders at work.
- To prevent employers from entering into sham contractor relationships with their staff through which employers shirk their legal obligations such as workers compensation, superannuation and any payroll-related charges.
- To protect and enhance the power of Industrial Relations Commissions, including their powers to determine industrial awards for Queensland workers that provide a standard of living fit for human dignity.
- To encourage as many Queenslanders, who are able to do so, to meaningfully participate in the workforce.
- To address the situation whereby Australians are working the second longest working hours in the OECD, including unpaid overtime.
- To protect workers' privacy in the workplace.
- To stop the corporatisation and privatisation of government services.
- To reverse the trend of increased casualisation in the public sector workforce.
The Queensland Greens will:
- Pursue ways to move public sector employees and public sector corporations into the State industrial relations system to avoid the lingering effect of WorkChoices and the Federal Government's "Forward With Fairness Bill".
- Bring Brisbane City Council employees under the protection of the Queensland Industrial Relations system.
- Ensure that Queensland Rail is not corporatised or privatised.
- Reduce casual employment for ongoing work in government departments and services in favour of contract employment.
- Legislate that any employees in a Public-Private Partnership are employed under similar conditions to a government employee doing an equivalent job.
- Make collective bargaining an enforceable right where a majority of employees desire it.
- Include energy efficiency and ecological sustainability as negotiable conditions in collective bargaining agreements.
- Review the operation of TAFE and apprenticeship systems to ensure they are meeting the needs of Queenslanders and ensure apprentices are not living below the poverty line.
- Increase penalties for operating unsafe workplaces and investigate the introduction of industrial manslaughter laws.
- Ban covert and overt surveillance of employees unless exceptional circumstances can be proved.
- Ensure any medical or psychological assessment of employees (current or potential) is performed by qualified persons and only the final result of suitability is reported to the employer, rather than the details of any testing.
- Legislate that employees' records are kept secret and handed over to them upon the cessation of employment.
- Ensure that Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is adequately resourced to promote WHS requirements and enforce the law.
- Promote and encourage flexible working arrangements for all Queensland workers as a way of resolving conflicts between work and family responsibilities.