Govt plans election sweetener for WorkChoices

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Govt plans election sweetener for WorkChoices

In the face of poor polling partly attributed to WorkChoices 'unnerving' voters, the Federal Government will be releasing a changed IR package before the election.

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In the face of poor polling partly attributed to WorkChoices 'unnerving' voters, the Federal Government will be releasing a changed IR package before the election.

Media reports today indicate that IR Minister, Joe Hockey, has confirmed the move, but declined to reveal the details of the changes.

However, Sky News reports that Hockey did say the fundamentals of the package would remain the same, as they've 'helped deliver higher wages, more jobs and low strike levels'.

This follows Prime Minister John Howard's admission earlier this week that the controversial IR laws had made people uneasy about their future.

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According to Shadow IR Minister, Julia Gillard, on 2 September Hockey said 'you only have a policy if you're going to change the law'.
In Question Time yesterday, Hockey said he will release the IR policy 'well before election day'.

Gillard said that even if Hockey releases his policy well before the election, 'it won't be worth the paper it is written on'.

'The truth is even if Joe Hockey releases an industrial relations policy, on the Howard Government's record, who would believe it?' Gillard said. 'The Howard Government won't admit that it has plans to go even further if re-elected at the imminent election.

'The Howard Government didn't tell the Australian people about its extreme WorkChoices laws before the last election.

'In fact the Howard Government's Election 2004 Policy contained nothing about:

  • Allowing award conditions to be stripped without compensation
  • Allowing take-it-or-leave-it AWAs, or
  • Removing unfair dismissal protections for over four million Australian workers employed by businesses with fewer than 100 employees and for other employees under "operational reasons".'

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