Business calls for political ‘courage’ to confront industrial relations reform

Business groups are urging political leaders to show “courage” and confront the politically fraught issue of industrial relations, arguing any benefits of future wage growth could be delayed by an inflexible enterprise bargaining system.

The Coalition abandoned the bulk of its controversial industrial relations package last year after opposition in the Senate, which included some changes to how enterprise agreements have been reached.

Industrial Relations Minister Michaelia Cash has confirmed the Coalition is still committed to the changes, but reforms have not been prioritized in parliament or championed by ministers in recent months.

Independent economist Saul Eslake said both Labor and the Coalition were wary of a scare campaign on the eve of an election, despite there being a case for change.

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