The lawyers’ unions have been pushing hard for the introduction of the new law to make it easier for them to fight on behalf of workers in future disputes.
But the Federal Government has so far been reluctant to make a final decision on it, and it’s not clear whether it will introduce it in time for the 2020 election.
That has left the lawyers’ groups with a tough job to deal with.
The AFL and the TAF have both been pushing for the law to be introduced as early as this year, with the AFL calling for the change in law to happen as soon as possible.
The TAF’s president, Mike Fitzpatrick, has said the union’s main priority is to protect “fair competition”, and the law needs to “protect the interests of the vast majority of the workforce”.
But the laws main proponent, Liberal senator Cory Bernardi, has also said he wants to get the law passed as soon he can.
“There’s no doubt there are some people who feel like this is not the right time, but I don’t think it’s an ideal time to legislate against employers,” he told 7.30 on Wednesday.
What do the law’s critics say? “
And that’s why I think we’re going to need to go to the end of the year to get a decision, and to get legislation through parliament.”
What do the law’s critics say?
The law’s detractors say it will unfairly restrict unions to the protection of workers who have a particular employer, or a particular bargaining position, and that it’s likely to result in a lower standard of employment for workers.
“The Government needs to be honest and acknowledge that this law will have a negative impact on many workers,” said Labor’s workplace relations spokesman, David Shoebridge.
“What’s happened is that there have been a lot of negative comments from the Government, and a lot that’s been made about unions and workers and this is a bit of a problem for that.”
What can I do?
A number of unions are campaigning for a ban on the use of proxy bargaining, which allows union members to bargain for better conditions in other workers’ workplace.
The use of proxies in proxy bargaining is legal in the UK, Canada and Australia, and is still allowed in some European Union countries.
But many Australian unions say the use is a “bogus way” of obtaining better conditions, and they have been demanding an end to it.
There’s also a push to change the law, with Labor calling on the Government to legislated the change as soon it can.
However, there’s been no announcement from the Federal Minister for Employment, Scott Morrison, on whether the changes will be included in the next budget.
The Government is expected to announce a new bill for the draft law this week, which will give the unions a deadline of July 31 to bring the new legislation to Parliament.
“Labor is committed to passing the Fair Work Commission Act, and the Labor Government has also committed to providing $10 million for the Fair Pay Commission to ensure that workers are paid fairly in the workplace,” Labor’s employment spokesman, Mark Butler, said.
“But Labor is also committed that this legislation will be effective, effective, and effective.”
Labor says the legislation will protect all workers and will help ensure fair competition in the industry.