Unions go on front foot in Page

UNION members will today air their concerns about a possible Coalition victory at this year’s Federal poll as election campaigning in Page heats up.

Despite no announcement from Prime Minister Julia Gillard as to when the election will be, Mark Morey from Unions NSW will visit Page today and tomorrow to begin the union movement’s campaign in the seat.

The campaign, titled WorkChoices: Whatever the Name, Never Again, will focus on a possible return to the industrial relations policies that proved so poisonous for the Coalition’s election chances in 2007.

Mr Morey said industrial relations was one of the reasons the former Howard Government was removed from office in 2007. 

“The community backlash against WorkChoices was a key factor in the election of the Labor Government in 2007,” Mr Morey said.

Despite the accusations from the union movement about a return to WorkChoices under a Coalition Government, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott told a major Liberal Party meeting in Canberra last month that WorkChoices will not be part of his party’s platform at the election. 

“WorkChoices is dead and any suggestion to the contrary is a lie,” Mr Abbott said.

Kevin Hogan, who is the Nationals’ candidate in Page, reiterated Mr Abbott’s claim WorkChoices was dead.



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