New Liberal leader Tony Abbott has hinted at bringing back John Howard’s controversial WorkChoices under a different name, if the Coalition is elected.
“The phrase WorkChoices is dead. No one will mention it again. But we do need to have a free and flexible economy,” he said.
ACTU president Sharan Burrow said that if this happens the jobs of working Australians will be less secure.
“This is a barely disguised promise by Mr Abbott to do the bidding of big business…it would be terribly unfair for working Australians to face even greater job insecurity when so many have lost their jobs or faced cuts to their hours of work through the GFC,” she said.
According to Burrow more than three million Australians lost protection from unfair dismissal under WorkChoices and many young and vulnerable workers saw their wages and conditions fall through the use by business of unfair AWA individual contracts.