Hundreds of thousands of workers across Australia are expected to take part in a week of activities beginning today to protect the rights of working Australians and oppose new Federal Government industrial relations changes.
Unions will today (Sunday) launch their national week of action in Brisbane where workers will converge on Kangaroo Point Cliffs at 10.00am (lower picnic area – Lower River Tce).
Launching the week of activities in Brisbane today, ACTU President Sharan Burrow said:
“The aim of the week of activities is to inform as many people as possible that their basic rights, job security and living standards are threatened by Howard Government plans to radically change Australia’s workplace laws.
The Government takes control of the Senate on July 1 and plans to use its new powers to push through changes to Australia’s workplace laws that include:
This week union members across the country will be meeting and taking to the streets to protest the Government’s new workplace laws.
Major rallies are planned for Thursday 30 June in Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart and regional centres including Geelong, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville and Bunbury.
An important focus of the national week of activities will be to inform people that are not union members about the Government’s new workplace laws. The new laws will affect all Australian workers whether they are in a union or not. In fact it is those workers who do not have the protection of a strong union who will be most vunerable to their negative impacts.
The Government’s new workplace laws will take working families backwards at a time when many people are already struggling to keep their heads above water. That is why unions are committed to oppose the Government and fight for decent workplace rights for all Australians,” said Ms Burrow.
ACTU – Susannah Greenleaf on 0418 479 455
QCU – Tania Reeves on 0418 700 419
A schedule of events for the week of action is at: http://www.rightsatwork.com.au