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More than 4000 union delegates attending meetings have been told that a campaign against the Federal Government’s IR changes is winnable.

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More than 4000 union delegates attending meetings have been told that a campaign against the Federal Government’s IR changes is winnable. Meanwhile long service leave and superannuation will not be affected by the Federal Government’s workplace relations reforms according to Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews.
 
IR campaign winnable says union boss 
 
More than 4000 union delegates attending meetings held at over 50 venues across NSW have been told - via the racing network - that a campaign against the Federal Government’s IR changes is winnable.

Unions NSW secretary John Robertson told the delegates that a poll in January showed 93% of people said Australia would not be a better place without unions.

‘A campaign to harness this goodwill is winnable provided we play it smart, we are disciplined, and we have the energy and courage to engage directly with the community,’ Robertson said.

‘As delegates you will be the decisive players in this campaign,’ Robertson said.

‘We need to confront these changes, but we need to be smart about how we do that.

‘We need to understand the impact of the new laws and explain [to the broader community] how they will undermine our rights at work.’ 

Coming events in union campaign

Robertson said events planned across the state in July include:

  • A roundtable of religious leaders, to bring people of faith into the campaign.
  • Producing materials to highlight the specific effect of the changes on working families and distributing them at railway stations, schools and child care centres.
  • Working with sporting organisations, particularly junior sports, to explain to parents how their social life will be affected by the changes, including working at weekends.

Information kits

He called on all unionists to become a part of the broader campaign, including using the information kits available from the special campaign website.  

Super and long service leave are safe, Minister confirms  
 
Long service leave and superannuation will not be affected by the Federal Government’s workplace relations reforms despite being removed from awards, Employment and Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews has emphasised. 

Andrews said both are regulated by separate legislative systems and not the Workplace Relations Act. 

‘Long service leave is regulated by state legislation,’ he said. 

‘Superannuation is regulated by Commonwealth legislation, including the new arrangements for choice in superannuation. 

‘Entitlements under these acts will continue to apply and will not be altered by the Government’s workplace reforms.’ 

Andrews said they are being removed from federal awards because this additional level of regulation is ‘no longer necessary given that they are protected through other measures’. 

‘The inclusion of long service leave in federal awards is an additional regulatory burden which can be simplified as it is already protected by state legislation,’ he said. 

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