Vic election shows WorkChoices 'on the nose' - Labor

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Vic election shows WorkChoices 'on the nose' - Labor

The Victorian State election result confirms that the Federal Government's WorkChoices legislation is 'on the nose' in rural and regional areas, according to the ALP's IR taskforce.

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The Victorian State election result confirms that the Federal Government's WorkChoices legislation is 'on the nose' in rural and regional areas, according to the ALP's IR taskforce.

Taskforce Chairman Brendan O'Connor told Federal Parliament yesterday the Victorian election result supports the findings of the Taskforce that there is 'a high degree of anxiety' in rural and regional areas over the changes to workplace laws.

'WorkChoices is really on the nose in rural and regional Australia and for good reason,' said O'Connor said.

He said that in recent weeks the Taskforce has visited Devonport in north-west Tasmania and Bundaberg in Queensland.

Lost $200 a week

In Devonport the Taskforce spoke with a worker who was forced to sign an agreement stripping him of all penalty and overtime provisions, ultimately costing him around $200 gross per week, O'Connor said.

In Bundaberg it heard from a rural worker who after nine years of service was summarily dismissed for 'operational reasons'.

'Neither of these outcomes was possible before WorkChoices,' O'Connor said.

'As we go throughout the country, particularly in regional and rural Australia, we are seeing that this legislation is hurting ordinary working families,' he said. 'It is an absolute abject shame that the Government has enacted this legislation.'


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