In a complete turn around from three years ago, like all good employers the Queensland LaborGovernment has made a commitment to encourage union membership among its employees. The Government has also stated Passive acceptance by agencies of membership recruitment activity by unions does not satisfy the government’s commitment. Encouragement requires agencies to take a positive, supportive role, although ultimately it remains the responsibility of the unions themselves to conduct membership recruitment.
As part of the Government’s commitment to encourage union membership in the work place new staff are to be Provided an application for union membership and information on the relevant union(s) to at the point of engagement and during induction.
The Government also acknowledged union delegates and job representatives have a role to play within a workplace, including during the agreement making process. The existence of accredited union delegates and/or job representatives is to be encouraged. Accredited union delegates and/or job representatives shall not be unnecessarily hindered in the reasonable and responsible performance of their duties.
Speaking to ABC radio this morning Queensland Treasurer, Curtis Pitt, said “This policy is simply a return to the previous policy that was in place since the year 2000,” while in a fit of hysterics LNP leader Lawrence Springborg said “Public servants should be focused on delivering for Queenslanders, not delivering membership for unions,”.
Speaking to Fairfax today Health Minister Cameron Dick said “the Labor Party had a formal link with trade unions. That has always been the way for our party and there is nothing unusual or surprising about this, this is the way Labor governments and previous governments have operated,”