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Greens hold forum on Women & IR

In December 2006 the Howard Government rushed into law two pieces of legislation that are having a disastrous effect on many women in our community - Work Choices and Welfare to Work.

Tomorrow, the Australian Greens are holding a forum to look at the impacts of Work Choices and Welfare to Work on women and consider the best way forward for new fairer industrial relations and welfare systems.

"Work Choices and Welfare to Work are leaving many Australian women with no choices," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

"These changes are forcing single mothers into low paid, low skilled work by requiring them to accept any job offered, including signing unfair AWAs, or else they lose their income support."

"Hopefully, this forum will enable people to understand the full impact of both Work Choices and Welfare to Work on Australian women," concluded Senator Siewert.

Date:              Wednesday, 7 November 2007
Time:             10am – 12pm
Where:           Graduate School of Business, Curtin University, 78 Murray Street (corner of Murray and Pier Streets)

Professor Alison Preston – co-author of "Women and Work Choices: Impacts on the Low Pay Sector"
Lisa Heap – Executive Director, Australian Institute of Employment Rights
Simone McGurk – Assistant Secretary of UnionsWA
Senator Rachel Siewert - Australian Greens spokesperson on industrial relations

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