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UnionsWA calls on release of Amendola report
Friday, 23 July 2010 16:41

UnionsWA calls on the Barnett Government to release the Amendola report into State Industrial Relations in order to clarify what plans are being made to the State’s work place laws.

With Tony Abbott’s claim that WorkChoices was to be “dead, buried and cremated” already looking shaky there are concerns that a Coalition Federal Government would be complicit with the efforts of the Barnett State Government to bring back WorkChoices in WA.

Colin Barnett and new Commerce Minister Bill Marmion are sitting on a report that contains 198 recommendations to introduce WorkChoices-style changes which will threaten employment conditions and the award safety net for more than 300,000 Western Australian workers.

 Former Howard Government industrial relations advocate Steven Amendola was appointed by former Minister Troy Buswell to head the review and provided his report to government in December last year.

 The cost of the review was originally planned to be $500,000, but blew out to $850,000 after Mr Buswell inexplicably failed to put a contract in place.

Premier Colin Barnett is on record saying he supports WorkChoices.

There is a real danger that Mr Barnett and Bill Marmion will implement WorkChoices style changes in Western Australia that will see minimum standards cut for up to 300,000 Western Australian workers. Factor those cuts in with the rising prices of utilities under the Barnett Government and ordinary West Australians are right to be concerned by talk of “tweaking” of the current laws by Liberal senator Eric Abetz.

West Australians are already facing cuts to public services and these services will come under more pressure should the Government make it harder to attract quality workers in important public services, including health, education, policing, child protection, mine safety and environmental protection..

This is the very real danger of an introduction of WorkChoices style changes that cuts the minimum standards for more than 120,000 public sector workers in Western Australia.


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