New ACTU TV ads pressure Rudd on IR reforms

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New ACTU TV ads pressure Rudd on IR reforms

The ACTU has launched a new round of industrial relations TV ads in an attempt to put pressure on the Federal Government to speed up the abolition of WorkChoices.

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The ACTU has launched a new round of industrial relations TV ads in an attempt to put pressure on the Federal Government to speed up the abolition of WorkChoices.

The ads were put to air last night (Sunday) and feature workers saying what they want from a new IR system.

A group of women workers say: ‘We want protection from unfair dismissal no matter where we work.’

A male worker says: ‘I want my union to be able to sit at the negotiating table with the boss from day one.’

Call centre workers demand: ‘We want the right to collectively bargain. It means our voices get heard. We get better pay and it means we can protect things like penalty rates and public holiday pay.’

And finally a family says: ‘Australian workers voted for their rights back. Now it’s time for the politicians to deliver.’

‘Conversation’

ACTU president Sharan Burrow said the ads were a continuation of the ‘conversation’ the unions started with working Australians two years ago about their rights at work.

‘We’re keeping faith with workers who voted out Howard’s WorkChoices IR laws,’ she said.

‘We are making sure their views continue to be heard, well after the election by informing them of the progress of the laws and telling them how they can still have their say.’

Burrow said that just because the Liberal Party was defeated at the last election it didn’t mean WorkChoices is dead.

Election promises

‘Until we see the final legislation we won’t know if the rights of working families will be protected, although we are confident the Prime Minister will keep his election promises,’ she said.

‘Until WorkChoices is completely scrapped and a new fair and balanced industrial relations system introduced, the ACTU will continue our discussion with the Australian public.

‘Labor’s new laws need to restore the rights that were stripped from working Australians under WorkChoices, from unfair dismissal to the rights of unions and collective bargaining.’

Burrow said working Australians deserve industrial relations laws that give them:
  • the right to bargain collectively
  • protection from unfair dismissal
  • the right to be represented by a union
  • better pay and conditions
  • the right to a say in their workplace.

‘These ads put all politicians on notice - working Australians voted to get rid of John Howard’s unfair industrial relations laws and we expect the Rudd Government, the Opposition and all Senators to respect the will of the electorate,’ Burrow said.

Geelong protest

Meanwhile, unionists will hold a mass rally in the heart of Geelong this week, calling for greater action in winding back the Howard Government’s industrial laws.

Trades Hall assistant secretary Tim Gooden said the protest planned for Friday afternoon was all about defending construction workers’ rights.

Trades Hall is angry the Rudd Government has not shut down the former Liberal Government’s $80 million Australian Building and Construction Commission.

‘The taskforce set about trying to stop unions and workers protecting safety standards on construction sites, with threat of fines and jail if they refuse to be interrogated or answer questions,’ Gooden said.


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