Message from secretary
Abbott moves to re-introduce ABCC
In a step backwards to unfair and discriminatory laws the Abbott led anti-union and anti-worker government has reintroduced to Federal Parliament legislation to bring back the ABCC.
The reintroduction of the ABCC is a pure ideological move by the Liberal Government. The previous Liberal government’s Cole Commission into the Construction industry resulted in no convictions but a huge bill for Australian Tax payers. It was a witch hunt that when tested in court was proven to have no substance.
I would like to ask Mr Abbott and Mr Abetz his employment minister why they want to attack workers right to representation. Employers and big companies wheel out their legal and human resource representatives to assist them to run their businesses. Workers should have the right to be represented.
Workers should also have the right to say they will not work in an unsafe workplace. The ACT community has learnt the hard way over the last 2 years about the tragic impact of poor safety on‑site with devastating fatalities and serious injuries. The ABCC will pursue workers who refuse to work in an unsafe workplace.
The Liberal Senator for the ACT, Zed Seslja has stated his commitment to supporting the reintroduction of ABCC. Shame Zed.
Construction workers are not criminals we are just people who work hard and want in return to receive decent pay and conditions, including a safe workplace. Politicians should remember that construction workers built this country.
It is not expected to July net year for the ABCC legislation to pass the Senate as the Greens and Labor hold the power in the Senate and have stated they will not support legislation to reintroduce ABCC. From July next year it will all change as Palmer United Party and independent Senators holding the power. We hope that these parties will do the right thing by workers and not support the re-introduction of the ABCC.
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