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Barnett should exercise caution on industrial relations reforms: Greens

The Australian Greens today voiced their concerns over the future state of industrial relations in Western Australia, after comments from WA Treasurer Troy Buswell that the state system would be overhauled.

"This call from the new Liberal leadership in WA is a purely political reaction to the proposed industrial relations changes at a federal level. What is needed is considered debate and consultation with all involved, not political points scoring," said Australian Greens spokesperson on industrial relations Senator Rachel Siewert.

"Whilst the Greens have deep concerns with the ALP's current approach to worker's rights, what we don't want to see in WA is an industrial relations system that offers less protection than the federal ‘Forward with Fairness' system."

"It is very concerning that the direction of industrial relations in WA could revert back to the dark days of employment conditions under the Court Government."

"The Greens believe that workplace laws should be fair, protect all workers from unjust treatment, promote industrial harmony and enable us to organise collectively to negotiate fair pay and conditions," said Senator Siewert.

"I can promise Premier Barnett that Federal and WA Greens will subject any changes to close scrutiny, ensuring it protects the rights and responsibilities that provide dignity and a decent standard of living to all Western Australian workers," she concluded.

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