Greens claim to only real 'anti-WorkChoices' party

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Greens claim to only real 'anti-WorkChoices' party

The Greens are claiming to be the only party dedicated to ripping up the Federal Government's WorkChoices laws, saying Labor has 'caved in' to pressure from big business to produce 'WorkChoices Lite'.

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The Greens are claiming to be the only party dedicated to ripping up the Federal Government's WorkChoices laws, saying Labor has 'caved in' to pressure from big business to produce 'WorkChoices Lite'.

In launching their IR policy this week, the Greens workplace relations spokeswoman, Senator Rachel Siewart, said they are 'the best option for workers and unions seeking strong and fair IR laws at the Federal election'.

Balance of power

There is a chance that the Greens will hold the balance of power in the Senate after the next election, and a Rudd Labor Government would need their support to introduce its IR policy abolishing AWAs and strengthening collective agreements.

'The Australian Greens are now the only party committed to replacing WorkChoices with a truly fair and equitable industrial relations system that protects the rights of workers and their families,' she said.

Caved in

'Prime Minister Howard's WorkChoices continues to hurt workers and Labor has caved in to pressure from big business and weakened its policy to "WorkChoices-Lite".'

Siewart said the Greens will be essential for delivering genuine IR reform if a Rudd Labor Government is elected.

'Workers and unions will want the third-party insurance of a strong and independent Green voice in the Senate,' she said.

The Greens industrial policy calls for:

  • The abolition of AWAs and individual agreements that override awards and collective agreements
  • A strong, fair and enforceable set of minimum conditions for all employees
  • Universal access to unfair dismissal protection and redundancy pay
  • An enforceable right for employees to collectively bargain
  • Workers representatives to have the right to enter workplaces to talk with members and to ensure employers are complying with the law, and
  • Legal protection for democratic rights, including the right to strike

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