A fair deal for all workers

A fair deal for all workers

If, as the Federal government suggests, the Work Choices legislation did not have an effect in the NSW elections,then why are they now embarking on a concerted and desperate union-bashing exercise?

Opposition to WorkChoices legislation is not just about union power.Its about a fair deal for workers won over many years of struggle by unions.Besides unionists, there are thousands of other Australians like myself who are no longer employed who see the rights and fair remuneration of workers being destroyed by this government.

Workers themselves are being destroyed in this process. There are many examples but one only has to see what is happening to the Western Australian building workers who are threatened with the loss of their homes or any other finance they may possess to fight the federal governments iniquitous legislation and court action against them.

The new jobs which may be created by the governments legislation are at the expense of existing employees who have lost wages and conditions, or else theyre the result of Centrelinks actions, forcing single mothers to work instead of caring for their kids and generally making life hell for disadvantaged and disabled persons.

This government is all about denying any dissent in the community, and unions are our only means of opposing them. Without unions wed all have been reduced to serfs long ago, pulling our forelocks to the bosses in fear of our livelihood. This is not the Australian way, and the community wont stand for it.

The current union-bashing which is going on harks back to earlier days.Its as old and tired as reds under the beds and just as false.

Cherie Imlah


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