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The CEO of the Australian Business Chamber, Mr Philip Holt, has publicly expressed his concerns over the role being played by the ACTU in relation to the recently introduced Workplace Relations Bill.

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The CEO of the Australian Business Chamber, Mr Philip Holt, has publicly expressed his concerns over the role being played by the ACTU in relation to the recently introduced Workplace Relations Bill.

Mr Holt has suggested that the ACTU should focus on making constructive contributions to the federal Government’s much needed reform package rather than conduct a campaign of "scaremongering".

Mr Holt said that it was not only the continuing nature of the campaign that was of concern, but the varied forms it is taking.

"First, you have the unions asking employers to sign a document committing them to present employment conditions without having even seen the Government’s intended amendments," Mr Holt said.

"Then you have Jenny George frightening women with allegations that suggest that the Prime Minister has no intention of keeping his pre-election promise that no worker will be worse off under the legislation."

"Then there is an ACTU sponsored petition floating around which seeks to pressure ordinary Australian’s into asking the Senate opposition parties to reject the whole of the Government’s reform package."

"And now, as if that wasn’t enough, we have Bill Kelty calling for a national one day strike."

"What business, Australia’s employers, want to see is the union movement sitting down and rationally debating the legislation. The union movement has got to be prepared to give a bit in order to take a bit. The union movement was intrinsically involved in all of the previous Labor Government’s labour laws and the business community played a constructive role in that process."

"Now, we find that when the union movement is not the focus of Government attention, they want to throw a tantrum. The only problem with all this is that it is the nation, and Australian workers in particular, who will suffer."

 

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