New ACTU TV ad shows business 'ripping off' workers

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New ACTU TV ad shows business 'ripping off' workers

The ACTU has produced a new TV ad in its anti-WorkChoices campaign which shows businessmen plotting to use the new IR system to cut wages and conditions.

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The ACTU has produced a new TV ad in its anti-WorkChoices campaign which shows businessmen plotting to use the new IR system to cut wages and conditions.

Called 'Boys in the Boardroom', it will go to air next week.

The advertisement features suited businessmen sitting in a corporate boardroom, discussing how they can use the Howard Government's new IR laws to increase company profits by scrapping conditions like overtime rates and public holiday pay and cutting workers' take home pay.

'The Howard's Government's IR laws are a huge free kick for big business at the expense of Australian working families' ACTU Secretary, Greg Combet, said. 'The Government's own report into AWA individual contracts shows that 63% cut penalty rates, 51% cut overtime pay, 52% cut shift allowances, 64% cut annual leave loading and 46% cut public holiday rates. This TV ad shows how big business can cut conditions to increase profits.'

Economic plan is to 'cut wages'

Combet said the Australian public was promised the new IR laws would mean a stronger economy, 'but what we are seeing now is that the Howard Government's only plan for the future of the Australian economy is to cut the wages and conditions of Australian workers'.

'ABS statistics last week show that the profit share of the national income is higher than it has ever been, but wage rises for full-time workers are not keeping up with inflation,' he said. 'These ads are hard hitting, and we make no apology for that — workers and their families are being put under enormous and unnecessary pressure by these IR laws, and the only winners are big businesses and senior executives.'

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