Details of a secret Government report revealed in today’s newspapers confirm that AWA individual contracts registered under the Federal Government’s new IR laws are cutting the pay and conditions of Australian workers at an alarming rate says the ACTU.
Secret figures that the Howard Government has previously refused to release and are reported in today’s Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers show:
Other official Government data shows that more than 1,000 Australian workers are being put onto AWA individual contracts every day under the new IR laws – with 94,513 new AWAs registered in the three months to March 2007 and 306,393 in the 12 months to the end of March 2007.
ACTU President Sharan Burrow said: “This is the truth about the IR laws that the Howard Government has tried to hide from the Australian public.
These secret figures show that the new IR laws are being used to erode the pay and conditions of thousands of workers.
It is no wonder that many working families are struggling to keep their heads above water as a result of the new IR laws.
These figures also raise the serious question of whether the thousands of AWA individual contracts that OEA staff believe may have broken the law by undercutting the minimum legal employment conditions have been investigated and rectified,” said Ms Burrow.