The peak union body has released research backing the Labor government’s push for multi-employer bargaining under its planned industrial relations changes.
Unions hit back at workplace change claim
Unions have hit back at claims the government’s contentious industrial relations reforms would unfairly affect small businesses.
In a bid to secure crossbench support to get the workplace bill through the Senate, Labor is likely to change the size of small businesses that would be exempt from bargaining from 15 to 20 workers.
ACTU president Michele O’Neil said employees at any size business had the right to bargain.
“This is big business running a scare campaign about what is going to happen to small business,” she told reporters in Canberra on Thursday.