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800% increase in working days lost to strike action.

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The Hon Julie Bishop MP Deputy Leader of the Opposition

Shadow Minister for Employment, Business & Workplace Relations   4 September 2008

800% increase in working days lost to strike action

The Rudd Labor Government must explain why there has been an 800% increase in strike action during its first six months in office, compared to the same period last year, Deputy Leader of the Opposition Julie Bishop said today.

ABS data released today has revealed a massive increase in strikes under the Rudd Labor government when compared to the same quarter twelve months ago under the Coalition.

The rate of strikes under the Rudd Labor government has doubled in every quarter since its election.

It is no co-incidence that the sectors suffering from the highest levels of disputation are among those with higher levels of unionisation.

The cost of strike action under Labor, at its peak in 1993, is estimated to have cost the Australian economy an estimated $1.5 billion per year.

A series of workplace relations reforms since 1996 has led to the lowest levels of disputation since records were kept in 1913.

The union movement invested tens of millions of dollars to get the Rudd Labor Government elected and it clearly wants a return on that investment.

With wall to wall Labor Governments across Australia, the unions clearly believe there is now no impediment to them achieving their aims.


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Murray Hansen Chief of Staff

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