While this has not been uploaded online as of yet, I am very heartened to read the following Press Release From Michael Keenan MP, Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations sent to me by Senator Alan Ferguson’s staff in response to my Open Letter to all Coalition MP’s and Senators:
Thursday, 12 March 2009
Government must amend job destroying sections of Fair Work Bill
Rocketing February unemployment figures released today should be a wake up call to Julia Gillard.
Julia Gillard is either completely out of touch or misleading the Australian people on the effects the Rudd Government’s Fair Work Bill will have on jobs.
“My office has been inundated with phone calls and letters from small businesses – the backbone of
employment throughout Australia ‐ pleading with the Coalition to push for amendments which will fix the job destroying parts of the Fair Work Bill,” said Mr Keenan.
“Julia Gillard’s workplace reforms take us back to the days of union dominance and forced high wages at the expense of jobs”.
“Businesses don’t want to lay off their staff. Their people are their business,” said Mr Keenan.
“The Rudd Government just doesn’t get it. They are introducing retrograde workplace laws in the middle of the Rudd Recession, which are going to put even more Australians out of work.
We accept the global financial situation is causing a contraction of employment.
What we don’t accept is the Rudd Labor Government exacerbating the situation with the job destroying parts of their Fair Work Bill,” said Mr Keenan