04 June 2016
by Roy Morgan Research

Turnbull must establish a National Crimes Authority to investigate agreements between big business and unions to underpay workers

A special snap SMS Morgan Poll shows a clear majority of Australians (77%) say the Federal Government should establish a National Crimes Authority to investigate unions and large employers paying workers below award rates. This special SMS Morgan Poll was conducted last night (Thursday) with a cross-section of 1,503 Australians aged 18+.

Analysis by Voting Preference
Analysing by voting preference shows a majority of supporters of all parties say the Federal Government should establish a National Crimes Authority to investigate unions and large employers paying workers below award rates:


Analysis by Gender
Analysis by gender shows a slight gender split shows men and women in agreement with the proposition:


Analysis by Age
Analysing by age shows Australians of all ages in near unanimous agreement:


Analysis by State Analysing by State shows Queenslanders (83%) are clearly the keenest on establishing a National Crimes Authority to investigate unions and large employers paying workers below award rates although large majorities of over 70% of Australians in all other States agree as well:


Gary Morgan, Executive Chairman, Roy Morgan Research, says:

“Since August 2015 when The Age broke the 7-11 story covering massive under-payment of workers there have been other allegations of similar fraudulent activity in underpaying other workers.

“Wednesday’s Fair Work Commission decision (June 1, 2016) overturning Coles’ enterprise agreement is a significant escalation of the IR debate on wages and over-award payments.

“Both Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten have up until now not addressed the issue.

“Turnbull & Shorten must show leadership by tackling Australia’s most significant problem of our flawed industrial relations system and the massive ‘cash economy’ – both completely ignored by the August 2015 Productivity Commission Report (draft) into Australia’s Workplace Relations Framework – which only once mentioned the ‘cash economy’!”