Professionals switch votes over IR: survey

News

Professionals switch votes over IR: survey

The professional association which covers engineers, scientists and managers has found that 20% of its members would switch their vote from the Government to Labor over industrial relations issues.

WantToReadMore

Get unlimited access to all of our content.

The professional association which covers engineers, scientists and managers has found that 20% of its members would switch their vote from the Government to Labor over industrial relations issues.

And the main areas of concern are exceptionally long hours, unpaid overtime and lack of family-work life balance.

The Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, Australia (APESMA) has released preliminary findings from its 2006 Member Satisfaction Survey, which shows that IR remains a vote changing issue.

The survey of 1450 members conducted in November found that nearly 20% of respondents who voted for either the Liberal or National parties at the 2004 Federal election were likely to change their vote as a result of changes to IR legislation.

Results significant

APESMA CEO, John Vines, said that the results were significant and demonstrate that professionals continue to be concerned about the Howard Government's IR laws.

'In the lead up to the next election, IR will remain a centrepiece issue that will change the way people vote,' he said. 'Our members, who are predominately tertiary educated professionals have been greatly effected by the changes in workplace laws.

'Only 18% of respondents believed that the IR laws will have little impact on professionals. APESMA members are concerned about a work culture of exceptionally long hours, unpaid overtime and lack of family-work life balance.'

Percentage lower in Qld

However Vines said the results coming out of Queensland show that APESMA members in that State appear to be less concerned about the new laws than their counterparts elsewhere - although 11% are still likely to change their vote.

'Queensland members who voted for the Howard Government at the last election indicated that they were less likely to change their vote because of the IR laws, with only 11% responding that they are likely to vote for another party,' he said. 'These figures are extremely significant in the on-going campaign to restore a fair and decent industrial relations system in Australia.

Rudd told to heed survey

'I would expect that the newly appointed Leader of the Labor Party, Kevin Rudd, will heed the findings of this survey and campaign strongly - particularly in his home state of Queensland - on introducing more balanced IR laws,' Vines said.

Related

Attacks mount as WorkChoices reality hits

 
 

 

Post details