ACTU launches campaign to defeat Howard

Launching the ACTUs Your Rights at Work community campaign in Lismore on Tuesday was ACTU president Sharan Burrow and community campaign co-ordinator Paul Doughty (both centre) with local Northern Rivers Unionist Network members Punita Boardman (left) and Marilyn Schofield.

ACTU president Sharan Burrow visited Lismore on Tuesday to launch the Your Rights At Work community campaign, which she hopes will help defeat the Coalition at the polls later this year.

Over the next six months the ACTU, represented locally by the Northern Rivers Unionist Network, will be holding information stalls at local markets and door-knocking to get the message across that the Howard Governments WorkChoices legislation is bad for Australian families.

In areas of high unemployment such as the Northern Rivers, the new IR laws have a greater potential to affect working families by undermining job security and tipping the balance of power too far in favour of employers, giving them the ability to cut wages and conditions, said community campaign co-ordinator, Paul Doughty. Were finding the more people discover about these laws the less they like them and that has a greater potential to influence their vote at the federal election. This on the ground campaign attempts to broaden the reach of the national campaign and make people aware of exactly how these laws could affect them.


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