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ACTU demands on IR Act add insult to injury



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John Howard

NEWS RELEASE Member for BennelongShadow Minister for Industrial Relations & Manager of Opposition Business in the House ER 050/94

ACTU DEMANDS ON ER ACT ADD INSULT TO INJURY

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The Minister for Industrial Relations, Laurie Brereton, must reject the ACTU's 'outrageous calls for greater union privilege in Australia's unbalanced industrial relations system.

After all, he has told employers that the Government's promised "review" would only look at technical detail and completely skirt employer calls for real reform of the labour

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Today's Telegraph-Mirror reports that the ACTU is demanding amendments to the Industrial Relations Act, to further increase the already massive advantages enjoyed by

trade union bosses in the system, irrespective of the wishes of employees.

Coming on top of changes which came into effect this year, they add insult to injury.

If Laurie Brereton is telling employers he will not consider their submission on the failed Act because the review will be nothing more than minor and technical, he must immediately refuse the union's submission.

Alternatively, if the Minister is considering the union's submission, he must broaden the review and consider the employers' calls for greater reform as well.

To do anything else would re-affirm his monkey-boy status to the union organ-grinder.

SYDNEY 11/*/94

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