Howard’s IR laws will lead to ‘riots just like France’, says NSW Minister

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Howard’s IR laws will lead to ‘riots just like France’, says NSW Minister

The Federal Government’s new IR legislation will lead to the kinds of riots currently being experienced in France, according to NSW Industrial Relations Minister John Della Bosca.

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The Federal Government’s new IR legislation will lead to the kinds of riots currently being experienced in France, according to NSW Industrial Relations Minister John Della Bosca. 

Della Bosca told State Parliament yesterday that Prime Minister John Howard had claimed that the IR legislation would avoid the sorts of riots that are occurring in France at the moment because it would help the disadvantaged.  

‘Nothing could be further from the truth,’ Della Bosca said. ‘These radical workplace changes will increase the gap between the wealthy and the disadvantaged.’ 

Legislation will create 'new underclass'

Della Bosca said Howard’s industrial relations changes will lead precisely to the conditions and the troubles being witnessed in France.  

‘The legislation now before Federal Parliament will create a new underclass,’ he said. ‘That is its very purpose. The “WrongChoices” legislation removes the connection between the cost of living and full-time employment in our economy.  

‘It will, over time, enable employers to pay full-time employees less than they need to live. It is a recipe for unrest.  

‘It is precisely why people will lose faith in society and in a community where a class of people is unable to share in the prosperity of that society.  

‘People with limited educational opportunities or people with English as a second language will simply not be able to negotiate a fair deal with their employers. Over time, they will feel exploited and grow increasingly frustrated.’ 

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