Labor’s wage bargaining plans a risk to exports

Original article by David Marin-Guzman
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 4 : 20-Dec-18

Tom Reid of the Australian Mines & Metals Association has warned that a shift to industry-wide enterprise bargaining could undermine the competitiveness and sustainability of the nation’s resources sector. Labor proposes to restrict industry-wide bargaining to sectors that have low wages, although unions advocate extending it to other sectors of the economy. Meanwhile, Australian Retailers Association CEO Russell Zimmerman says industry-wide bargaining may be a viable alternative to the costly enterprise bargaining process for small retailers.

CORPORATES
AUSTRALIAN MINES AND METALS ASSOCIATION (INCORPORATED), AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIAN RETAILERS ASSOCIATION, ACTU, ESSO AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN WORKERS’ UNION-FEDERATION OF INDUSTRIAL, MANUFACTURING AND ENGINEERING EMPLOYEES, MARITIME UNION OF AUSTRALIA, BUSINESS COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA

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