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Cowra abattoir backs down on sackings -

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(generated from captions) of what employers can do In one of the first major tests industrial relations laws, under the new it's decision to sack 29 workers a NSW abattoir has backed down over and re-hire them on lower pay.

Relations, Kevin Andrews, says The Minister for Workplace will be withdrawn the termination notices by Government inspectors. after an investigation if the company acted illegally. But he won't say the decision, The Opposition has welcomed for other workers. but says it's no guarantee

workplace issues The IR laws aren't the only dogging the Government. The about-face comes of the tax system as the Treasurer fends off criticism mothers returning to the workforce. and the impact it's having on Rachel Carbonell reports. abattoir in country NSW 29 employees from the Cowra lost their jobs last week. After sacking them, of the workers their positions back the company offered some

on lower pay. major test case for the new IR laws That decision quickly became a

and today the decision was reversed the Office of Workplace Services. after an investigation by Kevin Andrews Workplace Relations Minister this afternoon, made the announcement if any laws broken. but he wouldn't say to go to any tribunal or court. This is not a matter that now needs are aware of their obligations. The employer and the employees Mr Andrews says are working as they should. the decision is proof the new laws What this shows that's been run by the unions is that the campaign is simply scaremongering. is Mr Beazley is wrong What this shows are no protections for employees. when he says that there with the decision, But the Opposition is pleased doesn't mean anything but says the turnaround for other Australian workers. for those workers, Well, I say it's a great thing out there but what about all those workers national media attention who haven't yet achieved in the workforce. so they can get some justice

The local meatworkers union says about the decision the sacked employees found out not the company, through the media, and they remain sceptical. workplace issues in the news today. The IR laws aren't the only tax reform for nation, As the Treasurer considers he's facing more criticism mothers returning to work. of how the current system affects OECD figures from 2002 show

mothers with a child under five that only about 45% of Australian are employed, for other developed nations. compared to an average of 59% in Paris, Peter Whiteford, Senior policy analyst with the OECD told Lateline share Australia's issues that many other developed nations marginal tax rates with high effective for mothers going back to work, but he says the big difference in Australia is the lack of childcare places and the cultural expectation that women will stay at home with their children for longer. Mother of two Juliette Brodsky says the lack of childcare places in Australia is acute. There are countless cases where people have had to wait two years, three years. Some of them may never get child care at all. The Opposition says a combination of factors is stopping women who want to return to work. I say it's the very high effective marginal tax rates, the tax grab, that really hits second income earners in many families, as well as the shambles that childcare has become in this country. The National Foundation for Australian Women agrees. Effective marginal tax rates are very rugged for the woman who has been on a sole parent pension and who is planning to go back to work where she loses a certain amount of support from the pension. Marie Coleman says those pressures will get worse when the welfare-to-work reforms come into effect later this year. The Treasurer, Peter Costello, says the Government is committed to helping families through family tax benefits and the childcare rebate.

Look, the Family Tax Benefit is of enormous assistance for Australian families. And it puts Australian families in a much better position than comparable families in other developed economies. Mr Costello is considering a report comparing Australia's taxation to other developed nations and plans to release it sometime before the May Budget.