A message from ACTU Secretary Sally McManus explaining the union movement’s approach to discussions with employer groups and the Morrison Government on workers’ rights will reach half a million low and middle-income households tonight.

The automated message will explain the position the union movement is taking in these discussions and will make a commitment to defend the take home pay and rights of all working people.

This is part of a process of consultations with members and all workers which is the ongoing work of unions.

Quotes attributable to ACTU Secretary Sally McManus:

“It is essential that working people know they have people in their corner and who are committed to protecting their interests.

“Working people are concerned about their take home pay and having confidence they will be protected and supported at this time.

“Some in the employer lobby have been publicly arguing for permanent cuts to workers’ rights and take-home pay. These are cuts that would be passed onto the next generation and be felt long after the coronavirus passes. The union movement will not entertain these extreme claims. Where sensible changes and improvements can be made we will work constructively with employers and the Government to achieve them, but we cannot accept anything that would entrench inequality.”