Even Lib MP doesn’t support reduction of rights at work.02 April 2005
Liberal MP Judi Moylan has expressed her concerns about her own government’s proposed changes to workplace laws.
Her fears centre on the government plans to change the way minimum wages were set, axe the state's industrial relations systems and reduce award conditions.
Ms Moylan said she was concerned that the changes would make life difficult, especially for sole parents.
"We must make sure people get a decent living wage. We can't have a situation where people are taking home pay of $4 an hour and grinding away for long hours at the expense of their child-rearing responsibilities.
"If our children are not looked after, then you have a huge social cost."
The Government has indicated it no longer supports the Industrial Relations Commission having the complete freedom to decide how much award wages go up each year.
That is despite the system working effectively for over 100 years. The only pay rise 1.5 million award workers receive each year comes from that pay case.
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