Australians finally get it right … errr, left !

cartoon2001.jpg  The Australian public has totally rejected the Employment Contracts Act style ‘WorkChoices’ and John Howard’s attack on unions and workers’ rights. The Australian Council of Trade Unions describe the Australian election result as historic and that it confirms the Australian people believe in a fair go for all and that all Australian workers are entitled to decent rights in the workplace.

“The Australian people have totally rejected the vicious anti-union campaign of the Liberal and National Party in this election,” said ACTU President Sharan Burrow. “This election was a referendum on industrial relations and WorkChoices has clearly been a major vote shifter. The Australian people have said that they want their rights at work protected and respected.”

Finsec Campaign Director Andrew Campbell said that New Zealand voters need to be mindful of the attacks on workers’ rights in Australia when voting in our general election next year.

“New Zealanders must resist any similar attempt to attack workers’ rights here,” said Campbell. “We should learn the lesson from Australia and elect a government that respects our rights at work.”

Sharan Burrow said that the Liberal Party and their supporters in the business community should respect the decision of Australian voters, and never again attempt this kind of policy extremism.

Exit polling for the ACTU by Essential Research confirmed that industrial relations was among the most important issue for almost eight out of ten Labor voters.

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