Industrial Relations

Workers are entitled to expect work laws which provide them with the protections, rights and responsibilities that come with a just and sustainable society.

Workers should be supported by a strong, independent and accessible industrial relations tribunal to assist parties in resolving workplace conflict when it occurs.  Furthermore there should be a comprehensive award system providing a genuine safety net of wages and conditions and the genuine right to bargain collectively including the internationally recognised right to take industrial action.

As a lawyer, and former industrial officer for a union, Alison has both the credentials and the passion for progressing workers’ rights.

In June 2017 Alison introduced the Criminal Code Amendment (Industrial Manslaughter) Bill 2017 into Parliament.  This Bill seeks to ensure that culpable employers are held responsible for workers’ deaths. It overcomes difficulties in holding directors criminally responsible by explicitly creating an offence of Industrial Manslaughter. (Refer to Worker Safety).

Alison is committed to introducing other legislative changes to improve and protect the rights of people at work including provisions for pay equity for women and protections for whistle blowers.