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ABCC should be abolished now

The Government has run out of excuses to repeal the special building construction industry legislation and abolish the ABCC with the release of the Wilcox Report, say the Australian Greens.

"The Greens welcome the finding by Murray Wilcox that the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act should be abolished and the Fair Work Act regulate industrial relations in the building and construction industry." said Senator Rachel Siewert.

"The Government must now act with urgency to repeal this undemocratic law."

"We do not, however, support his recommendations for the separate division within the Fair Work Ombudsman to retain compulsory interrogation powers and the ability to deny workers their right to silence."

"There is no justification to continue this discrimination against building workers. The building industry must be regulated just like any other industry - in a fair and just manner that balances the needs of productivity and the economy with the health, safety and democratic rights of workers," said Senator Siewert.

"At the very least, the Government must ensure the strictest safeguards are in place for the exercise of these powers and we urge the Government to ensure the new division in the Fair Work Ombudsman develops a more respectful and balanced culture than the anti-union biases of the ABCC."

"The ABCC represents the Howard Government's Work Choices agenda at its most extreme, and yet the Rudd Government has dragged its heels in addressing these injustices," concluded Senator Siewert.

The Greens introduced a Bill into the Senate in August last year to repeal the BCII Act.

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