What you get with Labour’s employment policy

Labour says that it’s employment policy is like Australia’s. So it is a logical conclusion that we will get strikes like Australia.

THE Premier, Barry O’Farrell, and his Victorian counterpart, Ted Baillieu, yesterday wrote to Julia Gillard urging her to use powers under the Fair Work Act to end the Qantas dispute.

In the latest round of industrial action against the airline, about 4000 baggage handlers and other ground crew will hold stopwork meetings today.

The stoppages will mean another day of long delays for passengers at international terminals, following yesterday’s 24-hour strike by customs staff over a pay dispute which both sides confirmed late yesterday was being resolved.

As industrial unrest swept the country, anger over stalled pay negotiations prompted more than 120,000 workers across more than two dozen federal government agencies to deliver a resounding ”no” verdict to 3 per cent pay rises.

At least nine of those agencies are now poised for industrial action or have taken action already, while at the state level more than 90,000 public school teachers will walk off the job for two hours next Wednesday.


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