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Greens renew call for govt to honour election promise to scrap ABCC

The Australian Greens have renewed their call for the Federal Government to fulfil its election promise to abolish the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner and bring Australia's workplace laws in line with international standards.

It comes as a recent International Labour Organisation report heavily criticised the Labor Government for not doing more to ensure our workplace laws comply with international legal obligations.

"As the Australian Greens predicted during the debate on the Fair Work Act, the ILO has found the Act to be non-compliant with ILO conventions relating to freedom of association and collective bargaining," said Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson on workplace relations.

"The ILO also referred to its previous damning conclusions on the ABCC and its breaching of numerous ILO conventions.

"The ILO report backs the Greens' position to remove imprisonment as a penalty for non-compliance with directions from the ABCC or its replacement body.

"Labor's election commitment to scrap the ABCC by 31 January 2010 has come and gone and still there's no sign of their legislation which continues to languish without being brought back to finish the debate," Senator Siewert said.

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