Class battle between workers and small business 'over', says ALP

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Class battle between workers and small business 'over', says ALP

The days of 'class differences' between blue collar workers and small businesspeople are gone, says Labor's new Shadow Minister for Small Business and Independent Contractors, Craig Emerson.

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The days of 'class differences' between blue collar workers and small businesspeople are gone, says Labor's new Shadow Minister for Small Business and Independent Contractors, Craig Emerson.

Emerson said after his appointment that many independent contractors and small business operators were once part of the organised labour movement but have since moved out on their own.

'With the right policies, these working Australians can be as much a part of a natural Labor constituency as traditional blue-collar workers,' he said.

Emerson said he will use his experience as a former small business owner and former shadow minister for industrial relations to 'bring these constituencies together'.

ALP supports choice

'Labor supports true choice,' he said. 'Labor supports those who choose to be represented by trade unions, those who choose to be independent contractors and those who choose small business as a career.'

Emerson is also ALP spokesman for the service sector, which he said contributes 80% of Australia's Gross Domestic Product and provides 85% of all employment in Australia.

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