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The only Choice is to abolish Work Choices

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 7 Nov 2007

The coalition has once again shown contempt for the hurt that Work Choices is causing many working people in Australia.

"The policy released today by Mr Hockey is nothing more than a thin veneer of window dressing on the harmful and unfair Work Choices regime," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

"The coalition has chosen the least effective means of providing more entitlements for workers. How many parents does Mr Hockey think can afford both of them taking unpaid parental leave? How many grandparents work in large business and so can access grandparent leave? What about those who miss out?"

"While any improvements in the minimum standards are welcome, Australia needs to see the end of Work Choices before workers are truly protected," Senator Siewert said.

"The extra money to the Workplace Authority to assist young workers is an implicit acknowledgement that young workers are vulnerable under Work Choices."

"Furthermore, the Government is continuing its ridiculous demonisation of unions by further criminalising legitimate union activity. It is outrageous for the government to remove the democratic rights of union members to choose their own representatives."

"Overall, this is a pathetic attempt by the Government to try and look like it cares about workers while hiding its wage cutting big business agenda."

"At a forum on the impact of Work Choices and Welfare to Work in Perth today, I listened to how  these laws are affecting people in real life, how women workers are suffering under these laws. This is why the Greens are committed to abolishing Work Choices," concluded Senator Siewert.

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