Industrial Relations Laws

Feb 6, 2012
Essential Vision

Q. Business groups have said that Australia’s industrial relations laws favour workers and unions and should be changed so that businesses can increase productivity and have more flexibility with their workforce. Do you think Australia’s industrial relations laws favour employers or workers or do they balance the interests of workers and employers?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Full time workers Part time workers
Favour employers 25% 29% 23% 36% 27% 25%
Favour workers 24% 15% 39% 12% 26% 20%
Balance the interests of employers and workers 34% 43% 25% 37% 34% 38%
Don’t know 17% 13% 13% 16% 13% 17%

Respondents were evenly divided over whether Australia’s industrial relations laws favour employers or workers – 25% think they favour employers, 24% favour workers and 34% think they balance the interests of both.

Labor voters are more likely to think they balance workers and employers interests (43%) while Liberal/National voters are more likely to thin they favour workers (39%). Only 15% of Labor voters and 12% of Greens voters think the laws favour workers.