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November 06, 2005

Your Rights at Work

The Australian government is proposing the most radical overhaul of our workplaces since Federation, and is allowing only FIVE DAYS for feedback to the Senate. Public submissions must be taken into account. The following link allows you to have your opinion put to the committee investigating the legislation and seeking public feedback.

Take the opportunity to let parliament know what you think about the legislation in particular, and their commitment to democracy in general.

The full text from the web site appears in the extended entry.

Five days. Just five days of hearings. That is all the time that the Coalition has given for a Senate Inquiry to examine the biggest industrial relations changes in a hundred years. After $40m of taxpayer funded political advertising, the Government hopes the deadline for Senate submissions will slip by unnoticed. But - if we act now - we can throw a spanner in the works.

We need to draw national attention to the Senate Inquiry and force a major debate. Our goal is to help Australians make a record number of submissions to a Senate Inquiry over the next five days. Please click this link to send your message to the Senate Inquiry now:

The Senate Committee's job is to read every single submission from any Australian who takes the time to make one. You don't have to be an academic or a lawyer to have an opinion about how the industrial changes will affect you. You simply need to talk about your experiences in the workplace in your own words. This is your chance to communicate directly with your elected representatives, and by law, your opinion must be taken into account. That's what a Senate Inquiry is there for.

You can talk about your experience with AWA individual contracts, how you would feel negotiating directly with your boss about your pay, or how your work/family balance will be affected. Everybody's experience is valid. Even a simple paragraph relating your concerns is important to show the Committee that the Government's plans are a recipe for workplace injustice. With only five days of hearings, every submission - however short - is vital.

Please take a few minutes to visit the Rights at Work website, and use the simple form provided to tell your story. Remember to include your full name, address and phone number so your submission is valid. Click this

Posted by gary at November 6, 2005 12:21 PM


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