Greens threaten to block WorkChoices in the Senate

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Greens threaten to block WorkChoices in the Senate

The Greens have warned they will block in the Senate any attempt to bring back WorkChoices.

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The Greens have warned they will block in the Senate any attempt to bring back WorkChoices.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott yesterday signalled a return to individual workplace agreements supported by a no disadvantage test — as was the case prior to WorkChoices.

Abbott called on business to tell the Coalition what kind of a workplace regime they wanted.

Greens MP and workplace relations spokesman Adam Bandt warned that a move to bring back WorkChoices could fail in the Senate.

Bandt said if the Coalition was able to win government at the next election, any moves to legislate for individual contracts would be opposed by the Greens, who may still hold the balance of power.

‘We will oppose any attempt to return to WorkChoices’, he said.

‘The only way Abbott could revive WorkChoices will be if Labor is willing to back it. We will not.’

At risk

‘Important employment rights including holidays, penalty rates and sick leave are all at risk from a return to WorkChoice type individual contracts.’

Bandt pointed out that yesterday was Equal Pay day, marking the 63 days extra that women would have to work each year to catch up to men’s yearly earnings.

‘Instead of this pretend debate started by [former Prime Minister John] Howard and Tony Abbott we should be focused on getting a better deal for low paid workers, especially women,’ he said.

‘The Coalition, including Coalition Premiers, should be committing to funding equal pay for community sector workers instead of pushing for a return to individual contracts.’
 
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