Appalling EI Bill now in the hands of the Senate cross-bench

Nicholas McCallum

MEDIA RELEASE: Friday 25 October, 2019

Workers, unions and legal experts have all condemned the Morrison Government’s Ensuring Integrity (EI) bill, but the future of this appalling legislation is now in the hands of the Senate.

The report of a Senate Inquiry into the proposed legislation was released today, paving the way for a Senate vote in the next few weeks.

ETU National Secretary Allen Hicks said the EI bill was an attack on the rights of working people.

“This bill will clearly undermine the ability of trade unions to fight for better pay and conditions for their members,” Mr Hicks said.

“Experts have found that the proposed legislation will place Australia out of step with the international community, and in breach of our obligations under international law.

“Under these laws, people could be barred from holding union positions for simply organising a ten-minute protest action to protect the safety of workers.

“These are extreme laws that you would normally associate with a tin-pot dictatorship - not an open, democratic country like Australia.

 Mr Hicks said the EI bill had to be rejected outright.

 “The EI bill is beyond redemption.  It’s too extreme to be fixed by amendments.

“Labor and the Greens have said they will not support it.

 “ETU members across the country are calling on the Centre Alliance, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation and Senator Jacqui Lambie to also show their support for working Australians by voting against this appalling bill.”

Media enquiries: ETU National Communications Coordinator – Zoe Power

0419 499 886, [email protected]

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