24April2014

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IR is the Make or Break Issue

'IR is the Make or Break Issue'by Brian Boyd, VTHC Secretary, February 2008Over the summer break some media commentators tried to sneak in a little rewriting of recent history with respect to the 2007 Federal election.  “Labor – and the union movement – certainly campaigned hard against WorkChoices and vowed to get rid of it”.  (AFR 11/1/08).While it is true that the 2005-06 WorkChoices legislation was the latest manifestation of John Howard’s IR reactionary
'IR is the Make or Break Issue'
by Brian Boyd, VTHC Secretary, February 2008
Over the summer break some media commentators tried to sneak in a little rewriting of recent history with respect to the 2007 Federal election.  “Labor – and the union movement – certainly campaigned hard against WorkChoices and vowed to get rid of it”.  (AFR 11/1/08).
While it is true that the 2005-06 WorkChoices legislation was the latest manifestation of John Howard’s IR reactionary decade long industrial ‘revolution’, it wasn’t the sole aspect of the union movement’s determined  political campaign.
The union movement has campaigned ceaselessly since 1996 against both the detail and the ideological thrust of all of John Howard’s IR Laws.
It didn’t take long for the major employer associations via certain Liberal Party, now Opposition spokespersons, to try to limit the damage of the pre-November 24th 2007 anti-IR campaign by claiming that “the Coalition’s IR reforms between 1996 and 2005” should be defended as the election was only about WorkChoices.  This cynical push should and must be nipped in the bud very quickly.