John Bowler

John Bowler

Former Minister for Local Government; Employment Protection; Racing and Gaming; Goldfields-Esperance and Great Southern

    Government focussed on reducing industrial action

    17/03/2006 2:40 PM

    Employment Protection Minister John Bowler has rejected claims that the Government has not done enough to reduce industrial action in the State.

    “One strike is one strike too many,” Mr Bowler said.

    “However, if you put it in perspective, this Government’s performance is still far better than under the Court government, when days lost through industrial action per thousand workers were on average 22 per cent higher.

    “We want to get them even lower. Industrial disputation, particularly in the construction industry, is still too high.”

    The Minister said that apart from the construction industry, dispute statistics from other Western Australian industries stacked up well in comparison with other States.

    He said it was important to recognise that the large majority of disputes in WA during the December 2005 quarter were under the Federal Industrial Relations jurisdiction, which John Howard wanted to extend to cover everybody.

    “As I have said before, all parties need to follow the dispute settling procedures and use the relevant Industrial Relations Commission to resolve their disputes, rather than resorting to industrial action,” Mr Bowler said.

    “My target for the number of strikes in WA is zero and I suppose that may be almost impossible to achieve, but as a Minister, that is my aim.”

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