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Employment

The Australian Labor Party was founded to improve the lives of working people. Early Labor governments worked with trade unions to transform working conditions and lift living standards in Australia. Every Australian should have the opportunity to develop the skills to adapt to changes in the economy. Every person who can work should be given that chance. Our economy needs more working people, and many people want more work. We need to find a way to meet these complementary needs.

Fairness in the workplace is fundamental to Labor values. Adapting to change must never be an excuse to erode hard-won working conditions. Insecure work is a particular threat to those conditions. Protecting the rights of working people to ensure every worker has access to decent wages and working conditions will always be essential to Labor’s purpose. Working people have to be able to join together to bargain collectively for improvements to their lives.