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Coercive powers must go from ABCC: Greens

The Australian Greens today reiterated their opposition to the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC), following the release of a Senate Inquiry report into the Government's Bill amending the BCII Act.

"The Greens remain committed to the principle that there should be one law for all workers and that building and construction workers should not be singled out for more punitive treatment," said Australian Greens industrial relations spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Greens will refer ABCC legislation

The Australian Greens today announced they will refer the Government's legislation for a replacement Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) to the Employment & Workplace Relations Committee.

"The Greens will make sure proper scrutiny is applied to any ALP Government measure retaining coercive powers against a particular section of the workforce," said Australian Greens industrial relations spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Burrow sells out jobs and conditions

The Australian Greens say the ACTU is selling out workers by not arguing more strongly for industrial relations changes and by settling for a meagre jobs tally under the Government's failed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.


Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown said he was disappointed ACTU President Sharan Burrow was not pushing the Federal Government more strongly to create jobs and to protect workers entitlements.

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ABCC should be abolished now

The Government has run out of excuses to repeal the special building construction industry legislation and abolish the ABCC with the release of the Wilcox Report, say the Australian Greens.

"The Greens welcome the finding by Murray Wilcox that the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act should be abolished and the Fair Work Act regulate industrial relations in the building and construction industry." said Senator Rachel Siewert.

"The Government must now act with urgency to repeal this undemocratic law."

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ABCC rallies show need for immediate change

The Australian Greens have put their support behind rallies against the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) in both Perth and Melbourne today, pointing to the immediate need for the abolition of the ABCC.

"The ABCC represents the former Government's Work Choices agenda at its most extreme, but the current ALP Government is yet to address these injustices," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

"The charges against CMFEU organiser Noel Washington have been dropped, but these unfair laws still exist, and we could see the same situation appear tomorrow."

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Senate Inquiry report supports end of ABCC

The Australian Greens today renewed calls for the abolition of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC), following the release of the Senate Inquiry report into the Greens' Building and Construction Industry (Restoring Workplace Rights) Bill.

"The ABCC represents the Howard Government's Work Choices agenda at its most extreme, and yet the Rudd Government has dragged its heels in addressing these injustices," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

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Greens support union rally to abolish ABCC

The Australian Greens today put their support behind a rally and petition against the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) in Canberra today, pointing to the immediate need for the abolition of the ABCC.

"The ABCC represents the Howard Government's Work Choices agenda at its most extreme, and yet the Rudd Government has dragged its heels in addressing these injustices," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

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Rights of building workers must be respected - Greens

The Australian Greens today renewed their calls for the Australian Building & Construction Commission (ABCC) to be abolished, and voiced their concerns over the future state of industrial relations in Western Australia.

"WA State Commerce Minister Troy Buswell's threats of creating a replacement WA-specific ABCC clearly show how out of touch the WA Liberals truly are," said Australian Greens spokesperson on industrial relations Senator Rachel Siewert.

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