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ACCC continues to send mixed messages on collective bargaining

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Yes,  it’s illegal to smoke marijuana but it’s okay to use a bong! That seems to be the type of message the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission is sending in its latest decision to allow the Transport Workers Union to bargain collectively with the giant Japanese-owned transport company Toll.

If you’ve followed us for a while, you’ll notice we’ve been persistent in pushing the ACCC to do something to stop unions and big businesses colluding to rort competition for their own benefit.

The collusion in the concrete sector has finally resulted in construction union officials at the CFMEU being charged with bribery. But it’s not the ACCC that’s taking action.

The ACCC has admitted that there is a problem. But the ACCC says the technicalities of the law stop them from doing anything.

And we keep objecting to the ACCC’s giving collective bargaining rights to unions that collude with big businesses. And yes, we know, we keep being knocked back by the ACCC and the Federal Court.

So we’ve failed again! Again ICA has objected to the ACCC’s giving collective bargaining rights to colluding unions/businesses. Here’s Ken Phillips' Business Spectator article explaining what’s going on!  So, yes, it’s okay to use a bong!


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