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Greens renew calls for abolition of ABCC

The Australian Greens are fully supporting calls from construction unions around Australia for the removal of the undemocratic building and construction laws, as a worker faces goal for taking a stand against the ABCC.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson for Employment and Workplace Relations says the Building Construction Industry Improvement legislation has now been in operation longer under the Labor Government that it was under the Howard regime.

“The Greens remain committed to the principle of one law for all workers. Australians working in the building and construction sector should not be singled out for more punitive treatment," Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“The Government’s proposed amendments to the Act do not deliver on the Government’s obligation to restore equality to Australian workplaces," Senator Siewert said.

“The Government has shut the door on negotiations and debate on the amendments in the Senate, so workers in the construction industry are operating under regulations which prioritise profits ahead of health, safety and democratic rights.

“The Greens have proven our commitment to workplace equality, but the Government and Coalition have failed to do so. We helped negotiate the end of Work Choices and won’t be letting the Government ‘forget’ about its promise on the ABCC.

“The Rudd Government was elected to remove inequality in Australian workplaces. That commitment was made to thousands of Australian workers and their families and it cannot be ignored.

“The Greens continue to be the only party truly standing up for building workers' rights in this country,” concluded Senator Siewert.

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