WorkChoices won’t go away

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WorkChoices won’t go away

John Howard’s call on ABC TV yesterday for a return to AWAs and WorkChoices unfair dismissal laws has stirred union reaction to assert that Australian workers want better job security, not a return to WorkChoices-style policies.

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John Howard’s call on ABC TV yesterday for a return to AWAs and WorkChoices unfair dismissal laws has stirred union reaction to assert that Australian workers want better job security, not a return to WorkChoices-style policies.

ACTU president Ged Kearney has said that plans by the Liberal Party to re-embrace individual contracts and slash unfair dismissal protections would put at risk the pay and job security of millions of Australians at a time when they are experiencing cost-of-living pressures.

‘With Tony Abbott recently declaring he would take a “stronger” industrial relations policy to the next election, working Australians will rightly be concerned about a new attack on their rights at work … Scratch the surface, and WorkChoices-style policies are still very much alive within the Liberal Party,’ said Kearney.

Fair Work Act
 
Kearney said calls from the Liberals and business groups for changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 were not substantiated by the facts.

She said while there were areas where it could be improved, the Act had been good for workers and good for the economy.

Special report
 
A special report, The Fair Work Act: Two Years On is available online.
 
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