Greens hit at WorkChoices in IR election policy

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Greens hit at WorkChoices in IR election policy

Now that the NSW election is officially under way, the Greens have released their IR policy — which is a complete rejection of WorkChoices for all State workers.

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Now that the NSW election is officially under way, the Greens have released their IR policy — which is a complete rejection of WorkChoices for all State workers.

Greens MP and NSW Upper House candidate, Lee Rhiannon, today announced the 'Greens Protecting NSW Workers from WorkChoices' bill, which is the key plank of the party's industrial relations election strategy.

She said the Greens private members bill will be introduced in the next session of parliament.

'The Greens bill would give unprecedented protection from WorkChoices to all workers in the public sector, in local councils and in companies that contract to the government', Rhiannon said.

Extend protection

'The Iemma Government has made good inroads into protecting some public sector workers in NSW, but Labor voted down Greens amendments to extend this protection to all workers in State-owned corporations and local government.

'Employees of the RTA and TAFE Commission are now protected but employees at Sydney Ferries, Rail Corp, Sydney Water Corporation and Energy Australia are not.

'Rather than hand-picking individual public sector organisations, the Greens bill changes the employment status of workers of all State-owned corporations and local government workers.'

Rhiannon said the change would shield more than 50,000 local council workers and many thousands of workers in State-owned corporations from the impact of WorkChoices.

Match award wages

'The Greens bill would also require that private companies tendering to the NSW government must pay wage rates and provide working conditions that are no worse than the State award,' she said.

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