Told you the Unions wrote Labour’s policy

Confirmed in the Herald today, the union’s heavy hand of control over Labour is obvious:

The Labour Party’s vision for the future of work and wages is virtually identical to a unions’ wishlist outlined at the party’s annual conference a year ago, prompting questions about their influence.

But Labour’s employment issues spokeswoman Darien Fenton says it should come as no surprise that Labour and unions have a similar vision for the workplace.

This week, the party proposed industry standard agreements (ISAs) to apply to private sector industries – such as aged care, hospitality or security – where collective bargaining has a foothold, but many workers are not covered.

Ms Fenton said ISAs would lift wages and erase differences in pay and conditions for the same work that arose because part of the sector was not covered by collective agreements.

A year ago, Council of Trade Unions (CTU) president Helen Kelly – in her address to Labour’s annual conference – pushed for the same policy.

“If, for example, a union is dominant in an industry and bargaining collective agreements with employers in the industry, then the standards identified in those agreements would be extended …to workplaces within that industry that are not bargaining collective agreements,” she said.

Yesterday, Ms Kelly conceded there was no real difference on the issue between Labour and the CTU.


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