Bullying and road safety changes likely
Changes to bullying laws and the recently established Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal are on the cards if the Coalition wins Government on 7 September.
Under ALP laws that passed Federal Parliament in June, workers in constitutional corporations will be able to take bullying complaints directly to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) from 1 January 2014.
However, the Coalition’s election policy only supports workers complaining to the FWC after they have first sought help and advice from a regulator.
It also wants to extend the laws so managers, employers and workers can make bullying claims against union officials.
The ALP’s recently established Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal may also be in jeopardy.
As the Coalition remains unconvinced about the link between pay rates and safety, it will review the tribunal’s operations if it wins government.
Among other policies and announcements, the Coalition has also said it would hold a judicial inquiry into the ALP’s home insulation scheme.
Tragically, four people died while working for home insulation installers.
As at 23 August, 109 people had already died this year in work incidents across a range of industries, says Safe Work Australia statistics.
This includes 26 people in transport, postal and warehousing, 27 people in agriculture, forestry and fishing, and 15 people in construction.
Last year, 212 people were reported to have died at work.
No judicial inquiry is being held into why people are also dying in other industries.
Other Coalition and ALP policy positions are available on each party’s respective website.