STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR PORT KEMBLA COAL TERMINAL WORKERS

Sorry we can’t be with you today but Parliament is sitting.

You have our unwavering support in your fight to stop Port Kembla Coal Terminal terminating your enterprise agreement.

Terminating your agreement means slashing your pay and conditions. It is not on.

Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Brendan O’Connor has announced a Shorten Labor Government will prevent employers from choosing the nuclear option of terminating agreements, forcing workers back on to the award, which undermines pay and conditions.

Yesterday, Bill Shorten put out a statement saying that Australia’s industrial relations system is being abused and distorted to disadvantage workers, to undermine collective bargaining and to weaken workplace safety.

Labor guarantees that a future Shorten Labor Government will improve our laws to deliver better wages and conditions for working Australians.

We are standing shoulder to shoulder with you in this fight.