Abbott at war with lib hardliners | SMH | #Auspol #Workchoices


TONY ABBOTT has put himself on a collision course with workplace relations hardliners by vowing to never return to individual workplace contracts, a demand being made by business groups and industrial relations reformers in the Liberal Party.

”We don’t support statutory individual contracts,” Mr Abbott told the ABC’s 7.30 last night.

”We did once but we don’t now.”
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Mr Abbott has been under pressure to commit the Coalition to reintroducing individual agreements underpinned by a no-disadvantage test.

The agreements became politically poisonous when WorkChoices stripped away the safety net and it has long been speculated that Mr Abbott would bring back a version of the pre-WorkChoices agreements.

Former Howard government minister Peter Reith had earlier said the Coalition needed to start seeking a public mandate for industrial relations changes.

Mr Abbott has promised to increase flexibility but said the focus will be on practical problems, ”not the philosophy of workplace relations”.

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Former President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union (2009-2018) and a professional firefighter with more than 30 years experience. I live and work on the NSW South Coast, Australia. I am a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around me. I am a former Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and work with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist I have long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. I am a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and have 30 years experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. I am passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. I am also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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