Howard losing the battlers over IR, claims ACTU

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Howard losing the battlers over IR, claims ACTU

An ACTU pilot members' survey has found that the Federal Government's IR laws have caused around two-thirds of workers who supported the Coalition at the last Federal election to now consider voting against the Liberal and National Parties.

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An ACTU pilot members' survey has found that the Federal Government's IR laws have caused around two-thirds of workers who supported the Coalition at the last Federal election to now consider voting against the Liberal and National Parties.

ACTU President Sharan Burrow cited the results of the survey, conducted in August and September, as part of her address to the triennial ACTU Congress in Melbourne.

'The IR laws are hurting many vulnerable workers with people being treated unfairly by their employer and facing cuts to their take-home pay and the loss of basic entitlements,' Burrow said. 'All this is starting to bite with support for the Howard Government dropping among low and middle income working people.'

Out of touch

Burrow said working families increasingly regard the Coalition as out of touch and not responsive to their concerns over prices going up and wages going down because of the new IR laws.

'The Coalition is simply not listening, that's the message that unions are getting time and again from our members as well as from people attending the many community forums we are running in metropolitan as well as regional areas,' Burrow said.

She said recent ABS data shows that average earnings for full-time workers dropped in real terms by 1% in the last year.

'But things are going to get much worse for working people as the full effects of the new IR laws take hold,' Burrow said.

No pay increase

'For example, official Government figures show that more than one in five new individual contracts (22%) contain no pay increases over the life of the agreement.

'Effectively this means that large numbers of workers on AWA individual contracts are having their pay rates frozen for anything up to five years.'

Burrow said the union campaign of advertising and providing information to the community about the negative effects of the IR laws would intensify over the next month in the lead up to a national day of community action against the IR laws on 30 November.

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