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Local workers protest Howard's IR plans.



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Local workers protest Howard's IR plans MEDIA RELEASE 26 October 2005

Brendan O'Connor, Federal Member for Gorton, warned over 200 Brimbank Council employees assembled at Keilor Operations Centre yesterday of the impact of the Howard Government's proposed IR laws.

"The Howard Government is currently spending millions of dollars of your money on advertising on television, radio and newspapers to con Australian workers and their families that these changes will be good for them and good for Australia, but this is not true," Brendan told the large group of local council employees.

"The truth is that these proposed laws will remove Australian working families of their rights to be protected under law and will give almost all power to employers to change employment conditions in this country," Brendan added.

"If these laws are so good for you why must your Government spend tens of millions of dollars convincing you even before they've been introduced to Parliament.

"These laws will be unfair and that is why workers, churches, community groups and people in general have been speaking out against them," Brendan argued.

The meeting resolved to withdraw their labour on November 15th and attend the Day of Action Rally in the city that day.