Opposition hints at union site access curb
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CANBERRA, Jan 28 AAP
January 28 2013, 10:14AM
The federal opposition is staying tight-lipped on whether it will restrict union access to workplaces.
Opposition workplace relations spokesman Eric Abetz says Julia Gillard broke her 2007 election promise not to change the right of entry rules.
"What we've had is an expanded right of entry," Senator Abetz told Sky News on Monday.
Asked to confirm the coalition's plans to restrict union access Senator Abetz said: "Wait until we announce our policy".
Senator Abetz says he is "seriously considering the issue".
He says right of entry rules are being abused by some union bosses and gave the example of 180 site visits to one business in one year.
"That's one every second day," he said.
"That is excessive, highly disruptive to any business, you need the person's induction, you need the person to be chaperoned."
Labor backbencher Andrew Leigh says the coalition should have come clean with its industrial relations plans on Sunday when it launched its so-called mini campaign.
"Instead what we got yesterday ... was a skeleton," he told Sky News.
"You've got to wonder whose head is going to be on the platter at the end of it all."