The amendments proposed by the Ensuring Integrity Bill are in direct violation of Australia’s labour and human rights obligations under international law, Anthony Forsyth writes.

Recently, the Senate Committee issued its report on the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity) Bill 2019 (EI Bill), with senators generally following predictable party lines with Coalition senators supporting passage of the Bill unamended and Labor and The Greens opposing it.

If legislated, the provisions of the EI Bill would directly interfere with the rights to freedom of association and independent functioning of trade unions guaranteed by, among other international instruments, the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 87 on Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise.