Union survey shows carers 'worried' by WorkChoices

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Union survey shows carers 'worried' by WorkChoices

A union survey of members with family responsibilities has found a high level of concern about WorkChoices and flexibility in the workplace.

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A union survey of members with family responsibilities has found a high level of concern about WorkChoices and flexibility in the workplace.

ASU Victorian Private Sector Branch Secretary, Ingrid Stitt, said the 200 members surveyed were caring for young children, elderly parents or another relative.

'The Howard Government says there is more flexibility under the IR laws, but ASU members are saying the opposite,' she said. 'They are scared of losing their jobs if they don't work the hours they are told.

'The reason Howard is going backward in the polls is reflected in our own research. Despite Howard Government rhetoric about AWAs and WorkChoices being more flexible, a massive 91% of respondents think workers who go onto AWAs will be worse off.'

Disadvantaged by IR laws

Stitt said the survey shows people with family responsibilities believe they are disadvantaged by the IR laws.

'They feel like they are going backwards financially and have less time to spend with their children, partners and elderly parents,' she said. 'What these figures show is a real concern by private sector workers in Victoria about their ability to care for loved ones. They are worried about a lack of government support in areas like legislative rights for workers with family responsibilities and affordable and accessible child care.

'The Howard Government needs to pay more attention to what the polls are showing them — working families want flexibility but the only flexibility these IR laws provide is to employers.'

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