LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has announced a plan to make board appointments to government-owned energy companies based on merit and end paybacks to union bosses.
Ms Frecklington said Annastacia Palaszczuk’s Labor Government put self-interest and paybacks to their union masters ahead of the interest of Queenslanders.
“The secret back-channel email correspondence between Labor Minister Mark Bailey and the Electrical Trades Union (ETU) shows the deep-seated connection between trade union bosses and the Palaszczuk Labor Government,” Ms Frecklington said.
“In fact, Labor are owned lock, stock and barrel by the unions.
“ETU bosses call the shots and Queenslanders pay the price through record high electricity prices.
“Labor could take meaningful action to bring down electricity bills for households and small businesses but they are too busy dancing to the tune of their union masters.”
Ms Frecklington said while trade unions had their role, electricity policy would not be run by ETU bosses if the LNP was elected at the October 2020 election.
“We will make board appointments to government-owned energy companies solely on merit, not as paybacks to union bosses,” Ms Frecklington said.
“The LNP will also appoint a consumer representative to the board of the network businesses to ensure the board is focused on sustainably lowering prices through cost control.
“We want the best and brightest running our energy companies to improve efficiency and put maximum downward pressure on electricity prices for consumers and businesses.
“While no-one disputes the rights of workers are to be respected and receive a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work, Labor’s sweetheart union deals only serve the union bosses.
“Only the LNP will put Queenslanders first and we will always act in the interest of Queenslanders, not the trade union bosses.”