Survey shows strong support for IR laws, says ACTU

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Survey shows strong support for IR laws, says ACTU

A new survey shows overwhelming support for Labor’s IR laws, with eight in 10 people wanting them passed as soon as possible.

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A new survey shows overwhelming support for Labor’s IR laws, with eight in 10 people wanting them passed as soon as possible.
 
The survey of 1020 people, done by Essential Research for the ACTU, also shows considerable support for unfair dismissal laws and collective bargaining.
 
The survey follows the Senate Inquiry into the Fair Work Bill in which the majority report urges the passing of the laws, and a minority report by Liberal Senators urges considerable amendment.
 
The Senate is due to debate the legislation today, Tuesday, and tomorrow.
 
Worried about jobs
 
ACTU president Sharan Burrow said people are worried about their own jobs and those of their family in the current downturn.
 
‘They want the security of stronger IR laws that protect their rights,’ she said. ‘The worsening economic situation means it is vital that we get rid of what remains of WorkChoices.'
 
‘At a time like this, when workers are losing their jobs and paying for what greedy executives have done, Australians need to get back their rights at work with fairer, new IR laws.’
 
Key findings
 
Key findings of the national poll of 1020 people include:
  • 67% say that with the economic downturn, increasing the rights and protection of working people through new IR laws is more important than ever.
  • 77% believe the Rudd Government should keep its election promise to get rid of Work Choices and the Parliament should pass new, fairer IR laws as soon as possible.
  • 86% believe that maintaining jobs and incomes helps demand and stimulates the economy.
  • 64% say collective bargaining is necessary to give workers job and income security.
  • 87% of Australians believe the global financial crisis was caused by businesses more concerned with short-term profits than planning for the future.
 
Unfair dismissal
 
Burrow said the survey also showed very strong public support for IR changes the Coalition has consistently opposed, including:
  • 77% of Australians support restoring unfair dismissal protections for all workers
  • 74% support collective bargaining rights for all workers
  • more than three-quarters of Australians (76%) want to get rid of laws that restrict workers from accessing advice from unions in their workplace.
 
New TV ad campaign
 
At the weekend, unions launched a new national television advertisement campaign urging that new IR laws be passed to get rid of WorkChoices and deliver better rights and protections for workers in the downturn.
 
‘The Liberals were the party of WorkChoices,’ Burrow said. ‘They have to decide this week whether they are going to put big business before working people again and oppose Labor’s Fair Work Bill in the Senate.’
 
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