Liberal leader Tony Abbott has stepped up his plans for his new industrial relations policy, claiming that WorkChoices will not be revived, but the unions are not convinced.
At a press conference yesterday Abbott said the Liberal Party will ensure that “no worker is worse off as a result of the changes that we will propose,” however ACTU president Sharan Burrow said this claim is “dishonest.”
Burrow said that since being elected Liberal leader, Abbott has already declared he wants to reintroduce WorkChoices-style individual contracts.
“This change alone would mean more than three million working Australians would be immediately worse off,” she said. “Under a Liberal Government, they would lose the security of knowing they cannot be sacked unfairly.”
Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard is also not convinced.
“I think they should go to the Australian people saying that honestly and campaign about it, rather than pretending on the one hand that WorkChoices is dead, whilst reintroducing every part of the substance of WorkChoices,” she said.
The Coalition’s new Workplace Relations spokesman, Eric Abetz hit back, claiming that,“WorkChoices is dead and the Australian people know that.”
Abbott hints at bringing back WorkChoices