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Media Release

 

BOB McMULLAN MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, FINANCE AND THE ARTS MEMBER FOR CANBERRA

 

IR82/98

23 September 1998

 

LABOR RELEASES INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS POLICY

 

“Labor has a vision for industrial relations for the 21 st Century — it is a vision built on restoring balance in the workplace,” Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations, Bob McMullan said today.

 

Labor’s industrial relations policy, A Better Plan for Industrial Relations was released today, Wednesday 23 September 1998, in conjunction with the Launch of Labor’s Federal Election Campaign.

 

The major commitments are:

 

An additional $7.2 million each year to expand and enhance the Commonwealth’s role in occupational health and safety.

 

An additional $3.5 million each year for award enforcement and information services.

 

An additional $2 million each year to the Australian Industrial Relations Commission for the greater role it will have under a Labor Government.

 

The introduction of the Employment Security Bill that will protec t workers legal entitlements and give Australians enhanced job security.

 

The ‘10 Step rescue Plan’ — immediately on taking office a Labor government will fix the ten worst aspects of the Workplace Relations Act.

 

(For further detail see attached ‘A Better Plan for Industrial Relations’ )

 

“Labor will fix the industrial relations mess created by John Howard and Peter Reith and restore balance in the workplace,” Mr McMullan said.

 

“The Howard Government’s industrial relations system has been a disaster for working Australians.

 

“Australians trusted John Howard and Peter Reith with their jobs and their safety — in one short term they were betrayed.

 

“Howard and Reith have made Australians feel less secure in their jobs and have stripped away their award conditions.

 

“Howard and Reith have actively participated in seeing workers expelled from their workplaces in the dead of night by balaclava clad security guards and guard dogs.

 

“Howard and Reith have allowed businesses to create scams where they leave their workers unpaid and without their earned entitlements.

 

“In contrast Labor will work towards creating job security and safety in the workplace for all Australians.

 

“A Labor Government will also ensure that adequate funding is available to maintain and protec t nurses’ pay, conditions and career-structure so that nurses in the aged care sector can regain parity with other nurses preforming similar work in other sectors,” Mr McMullan said.

 

Further information: Tim Benson (02) 6247 4396 or 0413 805 748

 

 

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