The Senate yet again voting down the resurrection of the ABCC lays bare the Abbott/Turnbull Government’s multi-million dollar anti-worker political charade.
Handing the Government a trigger for the double-dissolution of Parliament, which is expected to occur shortly after the Budget, the Prime Minister has announced he will ask the Governor General to call an early election to be held on or around July 2.
Labor Leader Bill Shorten welcomed the opportunity to fight an election on workers’ rights.
“If Mr Turnbull and his Liberals want to fight an election on industrial relations, bring it on,” said Mr Shorten.
“We won an election on WorkChoices and we’ll win again.”
National Secretary Greg Rayner welcomed the Senate’s vote and said the Union would focus its energy on lobbying all political parties to sign up to key election commitments affecting CWU members in their employment and at home.
“Instead of listening to poll after poll telling him that Australians don’t care about the ABCC, the Prime Minister has chosen to blindly push ahead with this partisan attack on workers,” Mr Rayner said.
“Our members care about the cuts to health, lack of investment in their kids’ schools and $100,000 university degrees – and these are the issues that Parliament should be urgently dealing with.”