Govt's IR TV ads 'a terrible waste of money': survey

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Govt's IR TV ads 'a terrible waste of money': survey

Two thirds (65%) of voters believe the Federal Government's advertising campaign on WorkChoices is a terrible waste of taxpayers' money according to a new survey. Meanwhile Local Government workers have called on Federal Workplace Relations Minister, Joe Hockey, to listen to NSW Local Councils and allow them to leave the WorkChoices system.

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Two thirds (65%) of voters believe the Federal Government's advertising campaign on WorkChoices is a terrible waste of taxpayers' money according to a new survey. Meanwhile Local Government workers have called on Federal Workplace Relations Minister, Joe Hockey, to listen to NSW Local Councils and allow them to leave the WorkChoices system.

The survey noted that concerns over the advertising campaign makes voters more likely to vote against the Government.

The survey of 800 voters nationally was undertaken by Essential Research at the request of the ACTU.

Con job

In releasing the poll ACTU President, Sharan Burrow, said: 'The Government's WorkChoices ads are a con job and a $93m waste of taxpayers' money.

'The simple fact is that the WorkChoices IR laws are bad for working families and the only way to fix the laws is to get rid of them. The ads should be halted immediately.'

The poll showed that 60% of voters have seen the Government's IR advertising (35% haven't).

Of those who had seen the ads 33% said they made them feel less favourable towards the IR laws, 15% said more favourable and 49% said they made no difference.

Responding to the statement: 'The Federal Government's advertising campaign on the IR laws is a terrible waste of money', 14% disagreed a lot, 16% disagreed a little, 18% agreed a little, 47% agreed a lot and 13% didn't know. The total who agreed with the proposition overall was 65%.

Hurt Australian families

A total of 60% believed WorkChoices have already hurt Australian families.

The survey indicated the TV ad campaign in support of WorkChoices by major employer organisations is having little effect, with 60% of voters saying the ads made no difference to their view of Labor's IR policies.

Ten per cent of voters said they had changed the party they intended to vote for because of the IR laws, with 70% saying the haven't and won't change.

Sixty one per cent believed Prime Minister John Howard is 'past his use-by date' while 35% believe he had a lot more to contribute to public life.

'Free us from WorkChoices' - Council workers beg Hockey

Local Government workers have called on Federal Workplace Relations Minister, Joe Hockey, to listen to NSW Local Councils, and allow them to leave the WorkChoices system.

It was revealed this week that the NSW Local Government and Shires Association is writing to Hockey seeking exemption from WorkChoices for the State's 125 councils, employing more than 50,000 workers.

Protected

The United Services Union (USU) today said such a move would allow Local Government workers to remain protected by the NSW industrial relations system.

USU General Secretary, Ben Kruse, said the move proves the success of the union's Protect 07 campaign which sought to educate both workers and Councils about the shortfalls of the WorkChoices system.

'We know that WorkChoices is bad for workers, slowly employers are coming to the realisation that WorkChoices is also bad for them, - and they want out,' Kruse said.

Genuine choice

'If there is really is any genuine choice in the Government's industrial relations laws then all employers, including Councils, should be allowed to choose.

'The onus is now on Hockey to put choice into practice and allow Local Government workers to be exempted from WorkChoices.'

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