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Women in the workforce: ACTU campaign patronising and dishonest



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JOHN HOWARD, M.P.

MEMBER FOR BENNELONG SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING

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Canberra — 22 January 1993 Women in the workforce: ACTU campaign patronising and dishonest.

The ACTU campaign about the impact of the coalition's industrial relations policy on women is not only dishonest, it is also patronising.

The ACTU and the Keating Government falsely claim that JOBSBACK! will disadvantage women. This is blatantly wrong.

Women are fully protected through the minimum guaranteed conditions and the new Office of the Employee Advocate. The Coalition's JOBSBACK! policy also gives major additional flexibility to women in the paid workforce.

Unlike the present award 'system the Coalition's policy will enable, through negotiation, a complete blending of workplace and family responsibilities with the capacity to arrange hours of work to suit family needs, something denied by the current rigid union dominated award system.

Those in heavily female occupations such as nursing will be fully protected against any arbitrary loss of entitlements including penalty rates.

Under JOBSBACK! no employer can take away penalty rates or holiday loadings unless an employee agrees to their removal in exchange for some other benefit.

The ACTU/Labor Government campaign is patronising because it implies that most Australian women in the workforce are less capable of protecting their interests than men. This is self evidently wrong.

Under the Coalition's policy men and women alike have a clear choice as employees.

They can negotiate on their own if they wish. If they do not want this, then someone can bargain for them — a union, a workmate, a family member or indeed anyone.

Employers must respect and deal with the bargaining agents chosen by employees.

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