|Issue No 8||09 April 1999|
ACTU Braces for Reith’s Second Wave
ACTU President Jennie George has begun work on developing a community coalition to oppose Reith's second wave of industrial laws.
She told Labor Council that her priority was working with churches, women's groups and community organisation to lobby the Democrat senators who will control the Senate after June 30.
To this end, the ACTU was preparing comprehensive briefing notes to be sent to targeted community organisations.
She said the ACTU would focus on the impact that labour market deregulation has had on the New Zealand economy, particularly its impact on the social safety net there.
Ms George also foreshadowed a National Week of Protest against the Second Wave, which would be co-ordinated by state Labor Councils, "to maximise the pressure and the focus" in the lead-up to any vote.
The second wave assault, foreshadowed in a paper on 'employment' prepared for Reith, (see Workers Online issue #2) includes:
- further undermining the award system by allowing employers to "opt out".
- promoting the further spread of individual contracts
- pre-strike ballots before all industrial action.
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