Poll shows WorkChoices fears are growing

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Poll shows WorkChoices fears are growing

An opinion poll released at the weekend shows more working Australians now fear a negative impact on their jobs from the Federal Government's new WorkChoices IR laws than when they were originally passed last year.

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An opinion poll released at the weekend shows more working Australians now fear a negative impact on their jobs from the Federal Government's new WorkChoices IR laws than when they were originally passed last year.

The poll

The Meet the Press/Ipsos Poll of 650 working Australians conducted on 26 and 27 June, shows that while half of working Australians think the WorkChoices legislation will have no impact on their pay and working conditions, 39% say these are now less secure.

Ipsos' poll for Channel 10's Meet the Press last November found that 64% of Australians thought that the Work Choices legislation would have no impact on their job security, while 29% responded that their jobs were now less secure.

The current poll show that while 61% of Coalition voters say the legislation will make no difference to their pay and conditions, only 38% of Labor voters responded the same way. In fact, 58% of Labor voters now say their pay and conditions are less secure in light of the legislation.

Unskilled fear most

The poll shows that fears are greatest among unskilled workers, among whom 63% feel less secure, as well as part-time workers, where 44% say their pay and working conditions are less secure. Similarly, 42% of those in the lowest income bracket (less than $35,000) feel less secure, compared to 36% of those earning over $100,000.

For workers over 50, 46% fear their pay and conditions are less secure, compared to 39% of those aged 18-29 years.

'Half the Australian working population is not concerned by the impacts of the new WorkChoices legislation,' said Randall Pearce, General Manager, Ipsos Mackay Public Affairs. 'However, as Australians begin to see how the WorkChoices laws work in practice, fears about negative impacts are growing.'

Poll summary

In summary the poll shows:

  • Half of Australians who work full-time or part-time say the Work Choices legislation will not impact on their pay and conditions, but 39% say pay and conditions are now less secure;
  • This result compares with a poll in November 2005 where 64% said the laws would not impact their job security and 29% felt less secure;
  • Fears for pay and conditions are highest among unskilled workers, where 63% say they feel less secure;
  • 58% of Labor voters say their pay and conditions are less secure, compared to 24% of Coalition voters;
  • Part-time (44%) employees feel their pay and conditions are less secure than full-time workers (37%).

Note:

The Australian data for the July Ipsos Poll was collected on the telephone by trained interviewers in all States and Territories and in both city and country areas. All interviewing was conducted between 26th June and 27th June, 2006. A total of 1,000 people were surveyed for this poll.

People not in the workforce were filtered, leaving a sample of 650 people. Age and regional quotas were set and data was post-weighted using ABS statistics to ensure the sample was representative of Australia's voting age population. Based on the total sample, the maximum margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

Details

The Ipsos site.

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