Employment and Workplace Relations

Workplace laws should be fair and protect all workers from unjust treatment and unsafe conditions.

The Greens view work as something which should be rewarding, enriching and the basis of our families’, communities’ and state’s welfare and prosperity.

South Australia must have a fair and equitable industrial relations system for all workers. Workers deserve work laws which provide them with the protections, rights and responsibilities that come with a just and sustainable society. Workplaces should provide better work-life balance, with people having more control over their working arrangements and options for flexible working practices, balanced against the legitimate operational needs of the employer.

It’s time for change. Industrial laws in this state have let down workers. It’s time for a fairer future and a fairer system, and the Greens are a proven, genuine alternative in this space.

The Greens believe that:

  • All people must have the right to pursue their wellbeing in conditions of freedom and dignity, economic security and equal opportunity
  • Our workforce must possess a range of skills, be highly trained and well-paid, with working conditions underpinned by a strong, comprehensive safety net and the right to collectively bargain
  • There must be equal pay for equal work
  • Everyone has the right to work in a safe and harassment-free environment
  • Everyone has the right to a safe workplace free from occupational hazards
  • Industrial manslaughter is a crime
  • The objectives of profitability and efficiency should not override social and ecological objectives 
  • Workplace laws should provide better work-life balance, with people having more control over their working arrangements and enforceable rights to flexible working practices, balanced against the legitimate operational needs of the employer
  • Everyone should have access to ongoing learning and training opportunities

The Greens will:

  • Ensure that all workers are entitled to fair minimum wages, secure employment, and strong workplace safety standards;
  • Ensure that all workers are free from discrimination, workplace intimidation and bullying, and to have access to relevant training and development;
  • Support workplace and employment standards as promoted by the International Labour Organisation (ILO);
  • Ensure migrant and temporary workers are entitled to the same workplace rights as other workers;
  • Ensure that everyone has the right to freely choose to join or not join a union that represents them in the workplace;
  • Ensure the right of entry for union officials into the workplace of members who they represent;
  • Ensure that workplace laws recognise the right to strike or withhold labour, to collectively bargain and to organise;
  • Introduce industrial manslaughter laws and tough penalties for employers who breach these laws;
  • Support 15 days of paid leave for family and domestic violence per annum;
  • Ensure all workers are entitled as a minimum to long service leave after 10 years of work, regardless of change of workplace, industry or employment status;
  • Improve minimum employment standards for trainees and apprentices;
  • Provide resources to grassroots and democratic organisations of the unemployed to give them an effective voice in society; 
  • Support a universal workers compensation scheme that: provide protection for workers injured at work; ensures fair compensation for any ongoing loss of income, permanent impairment, and pain and suffering together with lifetime cover for reasonable and necessary medical expenses; and provides return-to-work pathways where appropriate, including training and work adjustment support;
  • Extend workers compensation benefits to cover workers injured on a journey to or from work;
  • Amend the Return To Work Act 2014 to reduce the 30% Whole Person Impairment rating to 15% for ongoing access to compensation.