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ALP on WorkChoices attack

Federal Labor IR spokesman Stephen Smith has backed the NSW Government's move to protect the wages and conditions of young people under 18. Labor is also claiming Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews has cancelled an appearance at an employers breakfast in Cairns because the Opposition in Queensland don't want industrial relations brought into the current State election campaign.

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Federal Labor IR spokesman Stephen Smith has backed the NSW Government's move to protect the wages and conditions of young people under 18. Labor is also claiming Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews has cancelled an appearance at an employers breakfast in Cairns because the Opposition in Queensland don't want industrial relations brought into the current State election campaign.

Smith supports NSW young workers law

Federal Labor IR spokesman Stephen Smith has backed the NSW Government's move to protect the wages and conditions of young people under 18.

Smith said the New South Wales Government 'is to be commended for its determination to protect the 150,000 young workers in NSW by providing a State based safety net for those under 18 years of age'.

Smith said working youth were 'vulnerable'.

'Young workers are more likely to work after school, on Friday nights and weekends - the very times which historically have attracted penalty rates,' Smith said. 'But under WorkChoices penalty rates are no longer guaranteed.'

Worse off

He said a recent survey by the NSW Youth Action and Policy Association (YAPA) found fewer than one in five young people thought they'd be better off negotiating their own pay and conditions.

The majority said they would not feel comfortable handling their own workplace negotiations.

Smith said the YAPA survey also found:

  • Young people are more likely to put up with poor pay and conditions than to quit and look for another job - only 23% said they'd quit and look elsewhere;
  • Only 40% were confident about negotiating pay and conditions with their boss; and
  • Over 40% of young people were unsure about the conditions of both the award system and individual negotiation.

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Andrews 'banned' from Qld during election, claims Labor

Labor is claiming Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews has cancelled an appearance at an employers breakfast in Cairns because the Opposition in Queensland don't want industrial relations brought into the current State election campaign.

Shadow Industrial Relations Minister Stephen Smith said Andrews stayed away 'because his Queensland State colleagues are in no doubt that his presence damages their State election campaign'.

Qld Nationals deputy leader Jeff Seeney this week said a Coalition Government in Qld would maintain the State Industrial Relations Commission.

'That's the policy of both Coalition parties and if the federal guys want to comment, well, that's our policy,' he said.

Howard 'facing mutiny'

Both sides of politics have also vowed to protect the State's public servants from the WorkChoices laws.

Smith said Prime Minister Howard was facing a mutiny in Queensland. He said Andrews didn't attend the function in Cairns 'because he wasn't welcome'.

'Queenslanders now know that their Liberal and National representatives in the Federal Parliament are lions back home but cowards in Canberra,' Smith said. 'They know this because although their Federal Representatives have voted more than 30 times in Parliament for John Howard's industrial relations system, during a time of political sensitivity their State colleagues don't want the Minister responsible drawing attention to Federal laws that reduce wages and strip away conditions.'

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