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The sky has already fallen in for many working Australians.



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M E D I A R E L E A S E

Stephen Smith MP Shadow Minister for Industry, Infrastructure and Industrial Relations Member for Perth

115/06 30 November 2006

THE SKY HAS ALREADY FALLEN IN FOR MANY WORKING AUSTRALIANS

John Howard and Kevin Andrews' mantra chant that the sky hasn’t fallen in as a result of his extreme industrial relations changes is as misleading as it is out of touch.

These extreme laws have been pretty devastating for Annette Harris at Spotlight who saw her conditions and entitlements shredded for the princely sum of 2 cents an hour.

These extreme laws have been pretty devastating for the 29 Cowra Abbatoir workers who were sacked for so-called "operational reasons" then reinstated on inferior terms and conditions.

These extreme laws have been pretty devastating for employees at the Lufthansa call centre who are up to $50 a week worse off in take home pay due to John Howard's wage cutting AWAs.

These extreme laws have been pretty devastating for the 46 employees at Heinemann Electric in Melbourne who weren't paid a single dollar for 40 hours hard work despite their industrial action being given the green light by the AIRC.

These extreme laws have been pretty devastating for 19 year old Western Sydney construction site labourer Shane Denning who was exploited as an independent contractor instead of having the protections and conditions afforded to normal employees

- which would have seen Shane about $240 a week better off.

These extreme laws have been pretty devastating for 25 year old Michael King who worked for 7 years at the Hilton IGA supermarket in Perth but had to look for a job elsewhere because his only 'work choice' under the supermarket's new owner was a wage cutting AWA or no job at the supermarket at all.

These extreme laws have been pretty devastating for the Feltex carpet making business' 300 employees in Melbourne for who John Howard's transmission of business protections have proven to be completely meaningless in practice.

John Howard mantra chants about the sky not falling in because he doesn’t want to hear about the day-to-day experience of Middle Australian employees who are putting in but don’t get back.

The sky has fallen in for many hard-working Australians as a direct result of these laws.

Contact: Tom Cameron on 0417 147 932 or 02 6277 4108