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Democrats challenge ALP & Coalition in right to strike



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MEDIA RELEASE THE SENATE

89/570 CANBERRA 14 December 1989

DEMOCRATS CHALLENGE ALP & COALITION IN RIGHT TO STRIKE

The Australian Democrats today moved to give all Australians with a legal right to strike.

Senator Paul McLean, Democrats Spokesperson on Industrial Relations, moved a Private Member's Bill which would provide Australians with the right to withdraw their labour without

having to face the possibility of being sued under common law for breach of contract.

"This Bill provides the Australian Parliament with the opportunity to clarify its position on the right to strike," Senator McLean said.

"It is a Bill which will help Australia to develop an

industrial relations system based on the principles of consensus and negotiation, thus helping to bring to an end the adversarial nature of the current system.

"With a federal election imminent, the Australian Democrats now challenge the ALP and the Coalition to decide on their attitudes to this basic principle of human rights. This issue cannot be swept under the carpet - they must come

clean on it now."

FURTHER INFORMATION: Senator Paul McLean (062) 773450