Greens urge radical IR changes on Rudd

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Greens urge radical IR changes on Rudd

The Greens have announced they will try to push a Labor Federal Government towards more radical changes to their IR agenda, but will not block Labor's announced changes in the Senate.

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The Greens have announced they will try to push a Labor Federal Government towards more radical changes to their IR agenda, but will not block Labor's announced changes in the Senate.

Greens Senator, Kerry Nettle will today tell the national conference of the Firefighters union that workers should throw out the Howard Government but vote for the Greens in the Senate to push for greater changes, including restoring unions' right of entry to workplaces.

The Firefighters union has donated thousands of dollars to the Greens' cause because of anger over Labor's conservative IR policies.

Positive influence

According to news reports, Senator Nettle will tell the Firefighters the Greens will be 'a positive and progressive influence on what will be a fairly conservative Labor government. We will be a hand on the shoulder of Kevin Rudd'.

'We will push for real change and move amendments to legislation, but we will not block changes that head in the right direction. The Greens want to shred all of WorkChoices. Labor does not. We will push them to go further but we will support changes that begin to dismantle WorkChoices.'

Opposition IR spokeswoman. Julia Gillard said last week that Labor would put its IR changes to the Senate on a 'take it or leave it' basis.

'12 days to sack Howard'

Senator Nettle says in her speech that it is an exciting time to be in politics, because 'we have 12 days until we get to sack Howard'.

'For anyone who is unclear, the Greens position on WorkChoices is that we want to get rid of it entirely and consign it to the dustbin of history,' she says.

Senator Nettle says the Greens also want to immediately scrap the Building and Construction Commission.

She also warns the policy charter would be the core of the Greens' negotiating position if they held the balance of power in the Senate after the election.

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