ACTU launches 'winners and losers' radio ad campaign

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ACTU launches 'winners and losers' radio ad campaign

The ACTU and Australian unions have launched a new set of radio ads which they say highlight the 'winners and losers' under the new WorkChoices IR system.

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The ACTU and Australian unions have launched a new set of radio ads which they say highlight the 'winners and losers' under the new WorkChoices IR system.

However the Federal Government says the ads are 'misleading'.

The radio ads begin this week in every state, and across regional Australia. The ACTU's TV ads will also continue to air on TV.

ACTU President Sharan Burrow said the Federal Government did not want the real impact of the laws open to scrutiny and challenge, but the union movement was committed to continuing to bring the impact of the laws to public attention.

Diminished protection

'Since the IR laws were introduced earlier this year, working Australians have been subject to diminished protection from unfair dismissal and employers using the laws to cut workers pay and conditions,' Burrow said.

'Working families are suffering and the impact of the laws will continue to grow, particularly as families battle with rising interest rates and petrol prices, and increases in health insurance and many household costs.

'Working people continue to contact the ACTU describing their situation - that they are being pushed onto individual contacts, that wages are being cut, penalty rates are being stripped and overtime allowances are becoming a thing of the past.'

Burrow said the radio ads describe legitimate scenarios - young families, workers in country areas, young people getting their first jobs and the push of big business.

Dramatic

'They may be dramatic, but unfortunately accurately reflect that all the power rests with big business, with no negotiation and no protection for large numbers of employees,' she said.

However Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews said the ACTU 'has again set out to mislead the community with more untruthful ads about the workplace laws'.

'Having been caught out distorting the facts in its TV ad campaign, the ACTU is now trying to create fear through radio ads,' he said.

Andrews said the ACTU knows full well the facts in the Cowra Abbatoir case showed it had nothing to do with the new workplaces laws and that it is unlawful to try to force an employee to sign an AWA.

Contact OWS

He said if any employees believe they are being forced to sign an AWA they should immediately contact the Office of Workplace Services on 1300 724 200.

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