Hockey attacks anti-WorkChoices report authors

News

Hockey attacks anti-WorkChoices report authors

Workplace Relations Minister, Joe Hockey, has again personally attacked the authors of another report criticising the WorkChoices IR legislation.

WantToReadMore

Get unlimited access to all of our content.

Workplace Relations Minister, Joe Hockey, has again personally attacked the authors of another report criticising the WorkChoices IR legislation.

The report, Down and Out with WorkChoices, found that low paid women are the 'collateral damage' of WorkChoices and are suffering from poverty and mental stress.

Associate Professor, Marian Baird, and Dr Rae Cooper from Sydney University, interviewed 25 NSW women in a study jointly funded by the university and the NSW State Government.

Study a 'sham', says Hockey

It found that at work these women have suffered pay cuts, work intensification, job insecurity and frequent abuses of managerial power. Their personal lives had also been affected by stress over their work situation.

However, Hockey has described the study as a 'sham' and attacked the bona fides of the researchers.

Left wing think tank

'One of the NSW report's authors, Marion Baird, is the Vice-President of the National Tertiary Education Union's Sydney University branch, while the other, Rae Cooper, is a former Vice President of the left wing think tank, The Evatt Foundation,' Hockey said. 'The NSW report is nothing more than a misleading Labor-funded paper focused on reinstating the power of unions in the workplace.'

Hockey accused the authors of going to 'great lengths to find a tiny fraction of women that (sic) have had sub-standard experiences at work'.

'Puerile scare tactics'

'These claims are puerile scare tactics,' he said. 'Let the appropriate Federal or State regulators know and they can take action accordingly.

'This report is fuelled by prescriptive pro-union ideology - not an attempt to help women in the workforce. Unnecessary regulations will end up hurting those most vulnerable in the workplace.'

In reply, NSW IR Minister, John Della Bosca, claimed Hockey had said on ABC radio: 'This is a pathetic study … being dressed up as lamb when in fact it's mutton'.

'Sexist and offensive'

Della Bosca described this remark as 'sexist and offensive' and 'insensitive and chauvinistic'.

'It is time Hockey stopped spewing rhetoric and insulting 50% of the electorate with his ill-informed sexist language and started listening to NSW families,' he said.

Related

Low paid women 'damaged' by WorkChoices

Hockey attacks another IR messenger with bad news

Hockey urges talkback hosts to censor unionists
 

 

Post details