Letter to the Editor - April 13: Work Choices revival

THE Federal Government threatens independent senators with a double dissolution by forcing them to make unpalatable choices or lose their seats.

And it's looking like Work Choices is raising its ugly head again.

In January, workers were sacked simply for being Australian.

Australian crews had manned the ore ship MV Portland for the past 27 years.

Alcoa had decided it wanted cheaper, foreign crews.

The government complied, and the Australian crew of the Alcoa ship were frog-marched off the ship one midnight.

Just like that.

Second, the proposed resurrection of the Australian Building and Construction Commission, created by the Howard Government, and thankfully abolished by Gillard.

The Master Builders boss claimed the ABCC acted as the strong cop on the beat, stopping building unions cheating the community out of more schools, hospitals and childcare centres by driving up the cost of construction by as much as 30%.

But in reality we were cheated because Australia's biggest building companies were cheating us to maximise profits.

While it was created with lofty aims, its real purpose was to use bother boys to keep union leaders off building sites when workers had genuine grievances.

Mal Anderson,
Coffs Harbour

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