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ALP fails to uphold promise to abolish ABCC

The Rudd Government has failed to deliver on a key election promise, with the continuation of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) into 2010, say the Australian Greens.

"At the last election, the ALP vowed to replace the ABCC with a special building industry inspectorate by 1st February 2010. We are now in the last few days of Parliamentary sitting, and it is obvious that promise will not be kept," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

"Not only has the government failed to uphold a promise - they have failed the thousands of building and construction workers who have been singled out for punitive, unfair treatment. Clearly the government doesn't consider the unfair treatment of building industry workers to be a high priority. It failed to even get its legislation on the ABCC into the Senate for debate this year."

"The Greens remain committed to the principle that there should be one law for all workers, regardless of their industry. We introduced a Bill in August last year to repeal the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act and thereby abolish the ABCC," said Senator Siewert.

"The ABCC is an affront to our democracy and in our view the changes put forward by the Rudd Government do not ultimately change that position. This Parliament has a duty to ensure that the building industry is 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,"

"The Greens continue to be the only party truly standing up for building workers' rights in this country," she concluded.

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