ACTU exit poll shows IR defeated Howard

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ACTU exit poll shows IR defeated Howard

An ACTU exit poll during Saturday's election showed almost eight out of 10 Labor voters said IR was an important issue.

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An ACTU exit poll during Saturday's election showed almost eight out of 10 Labor voters said IR was an important issue.

The exit poll of 415 voters between 3pm and 6pm showed 45% thought it was the most important issue and 33% said it was one of the most important issues.

When asked whether the Coalition's advertising attacking unions made any difference to the way they voted, 76% said it made no difference, and 20% said it made a difference. Only 5% of voters said it was more likely to make them vote Liberal, while 12% said it was more likely to make them vote Labor.

WorkChoices rejected

ACTU President, Sharan Burrow said Labor's election win meant the Australian public has totally rejected WorkChoices and the Liberal and National parties' attack on unions and workers' rights.

'This is an historic election result that confirms the Australian people believe in a fair go for all, and that all Australian workers are entitled to decent rights in the workplace,' she said. 'The Australian people have totally rejected the vicious anti-union campaign of the Liberal and National Party in this election.

People want rights protected

'At this election, industrial relations and WorkChoices has clearly been a major vote shifter. The Australian people have said that they want their rights at work protected and respected.'

Burrow said the Liberal Party and their supporters in the business community should respect this decision, and 'never again attempt the kind of policy extremism we have seen under [the Howard] Government'.

'This extreme attack has been totally rejected by mainstream Australia,' she said.

The Transport Workers' Union said the election result is a win for working families across Australia.

'Australians have spoken - they want to restore their fair rates and fair conditions at work,' said National and NSW TWU Secretary, Tony Sheldon.

'Working Australian families have been suffering under the harshest industrial relations system our country has ever seen in recent years, and this election has proven that unionism is well and truly alive.'

He said the TWU would like to see WorkChoices binned as soon as possible.

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