Industrial Action

Both the Queensland Industrial Relations Act 1999 and the Commonwealth Fair Work Act 2009 treat apprentices and trainees as employees. As a result, apprentices and trainees are free to choose whether or not to become a member of a Union and are also free to choose whether or not to participate in lawful industrial action.

Lawful industrial action could be protected or allowed by legislation or an individual instrument. It may also be where there is an imminent risk to the apprentice or trainee's health and safety.