Labor's union ties shouldn’t surprise, says Byrne
ROCKHAMPTON MP Bill Byrne says Labor's close links to unions "shouldn't be a surprise to anyone" given the party was formed by the movement.
Mr Byrne (pictured) yesterday responded to claims by former top union official and NSW State Treasurer Michael Costa that unions wielded too much influence in the Palaszczuk government.
A new "commitment to union encouragement" was issued by the Premier's Department last week.
In a statement, the LNP said the document instructed public servants to help drive union membership.
Mr Byrne said unions had played a critical role in raising living standards and working conditions for ordinary Australians.
"It is however nonsense to suggest the government is recruiting for unions," he said.
"Our policy is to encourage personal choice.
"I believe it is up to an individual worker whether they want to be in a union or not.
"There is no pressure to join a union in the Queensland public sector."
Keppel MP Brittany Lauga said unions were there to support workers in Central Queensland.
"These provisions have existed for at least a decade before the previous Liberal National Party government came to power," she said.
"These provisions will make workplaces safer."