Tony Abbott’s Industrial Relation policy, getting paid and safe workplaces are “burdens”

When ever the Government has positive news, Tony Abbott gets on twitter and does an “Ask Tony” (#askTony), in todays session, Abbott restated his well-known belief that belonging to a worker’s union is an impediment to business owners making money. Of course, business owners can get together in “Associations” and fight for more money, that is acceptable.

Tony also tweeted that the removal of the ABCC (Australian Building and Construction Commission) – which is aimed solely at weakening the power of unions, by making rules that apply to the Construction industry which don’t apply to other unions. The ABCC was instituted by John HoWARd as part of his industrial relations “reforms”.

ABCC makes it more difficult for workers in some industries to campaign for a safe workplace, or ensure they are paid what they are owed. Prison terms resulted for union workers who failed to comply with the ABCC witch-hunts.

Tony thinks this is a good idea, and the abolishing of the ABCC in march of this year, or as Tony says “no ABCC”, is a burden to bosses.

In other words, wanting to work somewhere with out the unnecessary risk of death and being paid for hours worked is a “burden”. If Tony Abbott ever gets to be Prime Minister expect not only a return to WorkChoices, but WorkChoices on crack.

What will be the macroeconomic effects on Australia if the Eurozone fails to stabilise its banks? #asktony
Tony Abbott ‏@TonyAbbottMHR… Serious. That’s why it’s important not to make extra burdens for ourselves such as the carbon tax and no ABCC #asktony

For a man who has spent as much as Tony has, wearing hard hats, high-visibility vests and wandering around work sites, he sure doesn’t have any compassion for construction workers who put their lives on the line every day actually working there.

Oh, and “serious” is not an adequate answer for what the effects will be.


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