HSU National welcomes the opportunity to provide a response to the Productivity Commission’s (the Commission) inquiry into Australia’s workplace relations framework.

At the outset we would like to clarify that this submission does not address every issue identified in the five issues papers. Instead, the purpose of this submission is to highlight our particular knowledge of the health and community services sectors and raise issues of particular importance to our members, specifically minimum rates and penalty rates. For our views on the complete array of topics identified in the five issues papers, we refer the Commission to the Australian Council of Trade Unions’ (ACTU) comprehensive submission, which the HSU both contributed to and endorses.

This submission draws on a variety of sources including a survey of members, interviews with workers and various data collections from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the Department of Employment and research conducted by the Fair Work Commission (FWC). We thank the Commission for the opportunity to present our views and would welcome the opportunity to provide further evidence throughout the Commission’s enquiry period.