Business WorkChoices ads 'remind workers of the rip-off'

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Business WorkChoices ads 'remind workers of the rip-off'

NSW unions have welcomed the big business funded pro-WorkChoices ads which began screening on TV this week, saying they reinforce the feeling among ordinary workers that the new system is tipped too far against workers.

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NSW unions have welcomed the big business funded pro-WorkChoices ads which began screening on TV this week, saying they reinforce the feeling among ordinary workers that the new system is tipped too far against workers.

'The so called National Business Action Fund is doing a wonderful job promoting the inequity of WorkChoices, and I look forward to seeing more [ads] between now and the election,' said John Robertson, Secretary of Unions NSW. 'Australian workers hardly needed convincing that these laws are about lining the pockets of big business, but here it is.

Blank cheque

'John Howard gave the business community a blank cheque when he introduced WorkChoices and it comes as no surprise that they are now fighting tooth and nail to hang onto these laws.'

Robertson said that every time the ads are screened 'workers are being reminded of how the Howard Government has gone too far - supporting big business at the expense of working families'.

Rights ripped away

'Once again we're being shown images of happy smiling workers having their rights at work ripped away,' he said. 'A couple of graphs, a pie chart and some statistics cannot compete with the experience of real people on the ground.

'That, according to the ad, 1.3 million Australians are now on AWAs is a frightening statistic for workers who thought they would never be affected by WorkChoices.

'I look forward to seeing more of these ads on TV between now and the election,' Robertson said.

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