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Forward with Fairness for who? Not workers.

The Government's Forward with Fairness industrial relations policy is simply a continuation of the Howard doctrine, say the Australian Greens.

"The more details we hear of the Government's industrial relations legislation, the clearer it becomes that they are delivering Work Choices-lite," said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

"Yesterday, Julia Gillard unveiled her legislation to the State Ministers, who will need to carefully consider what workers will lose before considering referring industrial relations powers to the Commonwealth. State jurisdictions currently provide better protection for workers through comprehensive award systems and superior dispute resolution processes through their industrial relations commissions."

"The ALP went to the last election promising to abolish Work Choices and restore fairness to Australia's workplaces. But instead, since forming Government, they have kept many of the fundamental underpinnings of the Howard laws," said Senator Siewert.

"Working families are facing tough times ahead. The Government needs to explain how their laws will help provide job security for all workers, how employees can gain more control over their working hours and how Forward with Fairness will assist to close the gender pay gap."

"The Greens will subject this legislation to close scrutiny in the Senate, ensuring it protects the rights and responsibilities that provide dignity and a decent standard of living to all Australian workers," she concluded.

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