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Has Gillard caved in to unions?

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Wed, 22nd October 2008 HAS GILLARD CAVED IN TO UNIONS?

Mr Michael Keenan MP Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations

Truth seems to be coming to light about the dividend unions will receive in return for the millions of dollars they spent on the Labor Party’s election campaign.

If Julia Gillard’s legislation includes a drop dead date for all workplace and individual statutory agreements, business and industry should be very alarmed.

Coercing employers and employees back to the bargaining table and exclusion of union involvement being required in writing, is an affront to harmonious workplace relationships.

“If these reports are true, it is selling out the rights of people as to whether or not they want to join or be represented by a union”, said Mr Keenan.

“This is foisting unions back onto the workplace by stealth and is a return to the bad days of no ticket, no start.”

“It takes away freedom of choice and is nothing more than mouth to mouth resuscitation of the union movement.”

“Ms Gillard must present full economic modelling on the new legislation and level with the Australian people what affect it will have on productivity and jobs”, said Mr Keenan.

Labor’s Forward with Fairness Policy Implementation Plan states Labor will release an exposure draft of the industrial relations legislation for public comment. This has not happened and adds to the list of Labor’s broken promises.

“The Government is denying fair public comment and assessment of their new legislation by not releasing an exposure draft, as they promised they would,” said Mr Keenan.