Queens­land the strike cap­i­tal

The Western Star - - OPINION -

UN­DER An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk and La­bor, Queens­land has be­come the strike cap­i­tal of Aus­tralia.

The lat­est ABS data re­leased last week shows al­most 109,000 work­ing days have been lost to strike ac­tion since the last elec­tion.

That means 40% of all work­ing days lost in Aus­tralia have hap­pened in Queens­land.

Ev­ery day a union strikes, thou­sands of dol­lars are added on to the cost of con­struct­ing of new homes, hos­pi­tals and gov­ern­ment build­ings.

It’s clear the unions are call­ing the shots in Queens­land. They know they can do what­ever they want and this La­bor Gov­ern­ment won’t do a thing to stop their thug­gery and in­tim­i­da­tion.

This is de­spite a full Royal Com­mis­sion and a Fed­eral Court judge crit­i­cis­ing the CFMEU for think­ing they are “above the law”.

Th­ese il­le­gal strikes hit the pocket of ev­ery Queens­lan­der.

They add to the cost of buy­ing a home or do­ing busi­ness and ev­ery­day Queens­lan­ders pick up the tab be­cause of An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk’s weak lead­er­ship.

Strikes put busi­ness in­vest­ment un­der a cloud and risk the jobs of thou­sands of Queens­lan­ders, par­tic­u­larly in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

This Premier promised to work with union lead­ers to re­solve in­dus­trial dis­putes – that clearly hasn’t hap­pened so yet an­other bro­ken promise from La­bor.

With record high elec­tric­ity prices and a re­gional youth jobs cri­sis, Queens­lan­ders sim­ply can­not af­ford an­other three years of An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk and La­bor. — Jar­rod Blei­jie MP, LNP spokesman for In­dus­trial Re­la­tions

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