CTU Media Release
25 November 2007
Australians back the right horse
“In voting out the Howard government, Australian workers and their families sent a strong signal that their rights at work are not up for grabs,” CTU president Helen Kelly said today.
“Opposition to Howard’s industrial relations law Work Choices was an important factor in the change of government in Australia yesterday.”
“Work Choices was an unprecedented attack on the basic conditions of working Australians. The most obscene aspect of the law was the complete removal of unfair dismissal rights for millions of Australian workers.
“The law striped back many other terms and conditions and was hugely unpopular among working Australians.”
The result in Australia sends a warning to any New Zealand political party wanting to do away with New Zealanders’ right to a fair hearing at work, Helen Kelly said.
“Last year a National party bill aimed to remove all rights of appeal against unfair dismissal in the first 90 days, and would have given employers the right to sack workers in this country for any reason too. The proposal prompted a massive union campaign in New Zealand to beat the bill.”