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Abbott on the nose as unions gear up for an election



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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Abbott on the nose as unions gear up for an election

New polling in six key marginal seats around the country shows voters believe

the Abbott Government has no plan to create jobs, will make more cuts to

health and education and that the Federal Budget does nothing to protect the

living standards of working families.

The ReachTel survey was carried out in the marginal federal seats of

Corangamite (Vic), Page (NSW), Hindmarsh (SA), Leichhardt (Qld), Braddon

(Tas) and Swan (WA).

 The majority of voters surveyed (up to 73 per cent) in all six seats do not

believe the Abbott Government is doing enough to create jobs and

improve job security in their area

 The majority of voters surveyed (up to 55 per cent) in all six seats think

the Abbott Government will make more cuts to health and education

funding

 The majority of voters surveyed (up to 53 per cent) do not believe the

federal budget does enough to protect the living standards of working

families

The six federal seats are among around 30 key marginal seats the ACTU will

target at the next federal election.

ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver and President Ged Kearney will launch the Build

a Better Future campaign plan, including a new workers’ rights charter, at the

ACTU Congress that gets underway in Melbourne today.

Over the next three days, a thousand delegates from around Australia will vote

on the policies that will shape campaigning and lobbying by the union

movement for the next three years, including paid parental leave,

superannuation, penalty rates, the minimum wage and job security in the new

digital economy.

Quotes attributable to ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver:

“We are transforming the ACTU into a permanent campaigning organisation so

that unions can campaign on the issues that matter to working people -

whether its job security, universal healthcare and high quality education or

making sure that companies pay their fair share of tax.

“We will have unions campaigning on the ground and online in around 30 key

marginal seats around the country. If there is an early election, we’ll be ready

for it.

Quotes attributable to ACTU President Ged Kearney:

“Out of this Congress we’ll see unions campaigning on the ground and lobbying

the crossbench on a range of issues including paid parental leave, increasing

women’s super and extending super to teenage workers, and regulating labour

hire agencies to stop the exploitation of foreign workers.

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