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Women hit harder than men by WorkChoices laws, says study

Independent research shows women are more vulnerable than men to the Howard Government’s industrial relations changes, Victorian Industrial Relations Minister Rob Hulls has claimed.

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Independent research shows women are more vulnerable than men to the Howard Government’s industrial relations changes, Victorian Industrial Relations Minister Rob Hulls has claimed.

Hulls said women were more likely to accept pay and conditions without negotiation.

He said an independent study of 1000 workers across Victoria found 75% of women accepted the pay and conditions of their last or current job without negotiation, compared with 64% of men.

And 55% of women said WorkChoices made them feel less secure about their job prospects, compared with 45% of men.

Negotiating individual contracts

Women are also less confident about negotiating individual contracts than men.

‘Women in Victoria are worried about WorkChoices and how it will affect them and their families,’Hulls said.

‘Many are preparing to take what is offered because they are scared of losing or not getting the job.’

Hulls said many women were employed as casuals or part-timers, which increased their fears about negotiating better pay and conditions.

He said the research also showed 89% of women who could not afford to be without a job for more than a week had accepted their last or current job without negotiation.

Women were also less likely than men to consider their skills were in high demand.

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