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The change to the TPA that Latham won't mention.



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THE HON KEVIN ANDREWS MP

MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS MINISTER ASSISTING THE PRIME MINISTER FOR THE PUBLIC SERVICE

Media Release

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The change to the TPA that Latham won't mention

Today Mark Latham announced seven changes Labor would make to the Trade Practices Act.

What he didn’t mention was the eighth change - removal of the secondary boycott provisions from the TPA.

The secondary boycott provisions of the Act prevent crippling 'sympathy' strikes by militant unions.

Removal of these provisions would have a dramatic impact on small businesses as they would be caught up in industrial disputes that have nothing to do with them.

Further, their removal would lead to industry wide upheaval as one workplace after another went on strike in an effort to pressure employers and employees.

This is not modern workplace relations with an emphasis on enterprise bargaining, rather it is the cloth capped, cardigan wearing militant unionism of old.

If Mark Latham was genuinely interested in the small business sector he would scrap this archaic throwback to the militant unionism of old.

For further information contact: Ian Hanke 0409 715 861

13/04/2004