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Unions won't give working parent's a break



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PRESS RELEASE P A R L IA M E N T O F A U S T R A L IA ยท THE SENATE

SENATOR JOCELYN NEWMAN ' LIBERAL SENATOR FOR TASMANIA

SHADOW MINISTER ASSISTING THE LEADER ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN

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U N IO N S WON’T GIVE WORKING PARENTS A BREAK .

The ACTU's negative reaction to tax breaks for childcare expenses is yet another example of a union movement intent on strangling productivity and Australia's economic recovery, Senator Jocelyn Newman said today.

The ACTU will not agree to reductions in gross award rates as offsets for childcare payments, meaning no childcare help for women on award wages - those who would benefit the most.

Senator Newman said the ACTU's attitude was to be deplored as it would have the long-term effect of discouraging employers who are starting to show an interest in providing childcare for their workers with family responsibilities.

""This was another piece of "hide-bound thinking" typical of the union movement, which has offered little or no hope for flexibility and assistance for women in the workplace,1 Senator Newman said.

Women on higher salaries can negotiate salary and condition packages which include childcare. The union movement would prohibit this for women on lower z incomes.

The Coalition's Fightback package allows for more flexibility for working arrangements in recognition of the childcare needs of parents trying to earn a living.

Access to affordable and quality child care should not prevent women from taking their place in the paid workforce.

Under the Coalition's Industrial Relations proposals, workers will be encouraged to negogiatc agreements with their employer, that will enable thorn to fulfil commitments.both to their families and employers.

These agreements are not exclusive to high wage earners - they will be available to all wage and salary earners.

ENDS 17.1.92 For further information: Senator J Newman (003) 34 1755