I’ve just finished the first day at the Jobs and Skills Summit, where unions have met with business lobby groups and the government to try to fix the wages crisis.
For more than a decade, wages growth has been frozen or gone backwards. The skyrocketing cost-of-living increases has made this even worse for millions of workers.
Our workplace bargaining laws are overly and unnecessarily complicated. They no longer provide an even playing field for workers.
What’s worse is that these laws – which were written over thirty years ago – make it especially hard for workers in industries dominated by women to get pay rises.
That’s why unions have been fighting hard today at the Summit to fix our workplace bargaining laws.
Without updating our wage bargaining laws, real wages will not grow.
The Jobs and Skills Summit finishes tomorrow, and what happens afterwards will be crucial to whether workers can win better, more modern workplace laws.
By standing together with a common vision, we can use our strength in numbers to get wages moving again.
You can help by doing two things.
Secondly, if you’re already a proud member, then help share the real voices of workers whose jobs and working lives would be improved if our workplace laws and bargaining system were modernised.