ACTU launches new anti-IR ads showing 'real people'

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ACTU launches new anti-IR ads showing 'real people'

The ACTU has launched its second series of TV ads attacking the Federal Government's IR laws, this time portraying the 'actual costs' to families.

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The ACTU has launched its second series of TV ads attacking the Federal Government's IR laws, this time portraying the 'actual costs' to families.

ACTU Secretary Greg Combet said the ads highlight the effects of the new IR laws in 'taking away protection from unfair dismissal for more than three million employees and allowing employers to cut the pay and conditions of working Australians'.

'John Howard's IR laws have led to a rash of unfair sackings and changes to work contracts that have substantially cut the take home pay and employment conditions of many workers,' Combet said at the launch.

He said the ads used 'real people and their real stories; decent, hard working Australians, who have been sacked or had their pay and conditions threatened under these unfair laws'.

Struggling

'Many working families are struggling to keep their heads above water and the Howard Government's IR laws have reduced their job security and put their livelihoods at risk,' he said. 'These laws are unfair and un-Australian.'

The advertisements will run in all capital cities and regional areas.

'They include two new themes,' Combet said. 'The first series of ads show real workers, not actors, telling their experiences.

Financial pressure

'The second series focuses on a working family and the financial pressures they face, caused by rising petrol prices, interest rates, food and other basic living costs while their income is threatened by a new employment contract at work.'

Combet said the campaign will be backed by campaigns in workplaces and communities around the nation, as unions step up their opposition to the IR changes in a week of action from 25 June to 1 July 2006.

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