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Labor supports union tax on non union members.



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THE HON TONY ABBOTT MP

MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS

 

Media Release

05902

Labor Supports Union Tax On Non Union Members

The Senate last night voted again to support a union tax on non union members.

For the second time, the Senate amended the government’s Workplace Relations Amendment (Prohibition of Compulsory Union Fees) Bill 2002 to give unions legal rights to force non union members to pay compulsory union fees of about $500 a year.

Last night’s vote shows that nothing has changed in the Labor Party.

Simon Crean talks about reducing the union bloc vote from 60 to 50 per cent. But, when Labor has to choose between a fair go for Australians workers or support for the union movement, the union bosses win every time.

Thanks to the union stranglehold over the ALP, 5 million workers who are not union members are potentially exposed to a $500 a year union tax.

These fees are back door compulsory unionism. They are designed to create a war chest of millions of dollars of money to trade unions that will then be re-cycled back to the Labor party.

 

For further information contact:

Simone Holzapfel  0417 656 668

 

 

29/08/2002