'Balance of Power' Greens take hard line on IR

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'Balance of Power' Greens take hard line on IR

The Greens, who may hold the balance of power in the Senate after the forthcoming Federal election, have pledged to 'shred' all the WorkChoices laws and abolish the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC).

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The Greens, who may hold the balance of power in the Senate after the forthcoming Federal election, have pledged to 'shred' all the WorkChoices laws and abolish the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC).

Greens Senator, Kerry Nettle, announced their IR policy on a Sydney building site on Friday.

The Greens are launching their Charter of Workplace Rights around the country as part of their campaign to highlight the need to rip up WorkChoices.

Shredder

On Friday, joined by members of the CFMEU and David Shoebridge, an industrial lawyer and Greens candidate, Senator Nettle used a shredder to destroy a copy of the WorkChoices legislation.

'The Greens are the only party committed to immediately abolishing the ABCC, restoring union right of entry and reinvigorating the industrial relations commission,' Senator Nettle said. 'We also want to scrap AWAs.'

She said Greens and workers who want to shred all of Prime Minister John Howard's WorkChoices are disappointed that Labor's industrial relations policy amounts to 'WorkChoices Lite'.

'Increasingly, workers are looking to the Greens as the only party fully committed to restoring worker rights and ensuring working families' wages and conditions are protected,' she said.

Use their numbers

'We will use our numbers in the Senate to ensure a Rudd government dismantles WorkChoices.'

In addition to abolishing the ABCC the Greens Charter commits to:

  • The abolition of AWA's and individual agreements that override awards and collective agreements
  • A strong, fair and enforceable set of minimum conditions for all employees
  • Universal access to unfair dismissal protection and redundancy
  • An enforceable right for employees to collectively bargain
  • Union right of entry to workplaces
  • Legal protection for democratic rights, including the right to strike

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