Jobs worth fighting for: Five ideas to reform Australian workplaces

Unions NSW welcomes the opportunity to be a part of the Albanese Labor Government’s Jobs and Skills Summit in Canberra on September 1 and 2.

Bringing together unions, employers, civil society and governments to address the nation’s shared economic challenges is a critical chance to address some of the most pressing issues in our workplaces.

Unions NSW is proposing five key reforms which are designed to arrest chronic wage stagnation, boost productivity and ensure fairness for employees and employers. These measured and constructive suggestions set out ways to address problems in enterprise bargaining, skilled migration, unpaid overtime and workplace rights and obligations education.

This discussion paper outlines the nature of the challenges faced and the reform agenda needed in response.

Policies developed through the Summit and subsequent employment white paper can provide answers to vital economic questions including the cost-of-living crisis which is underpinned by years of wage stagnation.

We hope all participants in the Summit will engage constructively with our reasonable proposals to strengthen Australia.