ACTU ad pressures Libs to pass Labor’s IR laws

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ACTU ad pressures Libs to pass Labor’s IR laws

The ACTU is launching a new national TV ad this week which urges the Opposition to quickly pass Labor’s new IR legislation.

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The ACTU is launching a new national TV ad this week which urges the Opposition to quickly pass Labor’s new IR legislation.
 
The Bill will be tabled in Parliament tomorrow and IR Minister Julia Gillard wants it through both Houses of Parliament by February next year.
 
The ad says that WorkChoices under the previous Coalition Government damaged working Australians, and asks whether the Opposition will pass the new laws.
 
Put workers last again?
 
While screening an image of a smiling Opposition Leader, Malcolm Turnbull, the ad asks: ‘When Labor moves to give back our rights at work, will the Coalition support them, or will they put working people last again?’
 
ACTU president Sharan Burrow said Turnbull has claimed WorkChoices is dead, but has not indicated his position on the new laws.
 
‘WorkChoices stripped away the rights of millions of Australians, hurting the people who could afford it least,’ she said.
 
‘The Howard Government that created the most anti-worker laws ever seen in Australia. Although he has talked of a new Liberal Party under his leadership, since becoming leader, Turnbull has yet to declare whether he will support the legislation.
 
‘The Liberal Party has a choice: it can either support the new laws, or it can continue to put working people last,’ Burrow added.
 
Clear mandate
 
Burrow said the Labor Government had a clear mandate to create a fairer IR system that respected workers’ rights.
 
She said what had been publicly revealed about the proposed laws left no doubt that they would consign WorkChoices to history.
 
‘We’ve come a long way in a year towards removing the legacy of WorkChoices,’ she said.
 
‘We haven’t reached the end of our campaign, but the tide turned last year when Australians voted overwhelmingly to stop the attacks on workers’ rights. The Liberal Party should accept this and support the laws.’
 
Not all unions happy
 
Not all unions are happy with what they know of the new legislation, with unions in Victoria unhappy with the restrictions on the content of workplace agreements and the ability of union officials to enter workplaces.
 
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