Over the last two weeks we have provided summaries of the IR policies of the ALP and the Greens. This week we give you a comparison of these policies.
On the basis of this comparison we conclude that if elected to Government, the ALP will remove some of the worst excesses of Workchoices but it will not throw these laws out completely. Major restrictions on the right to take industrial action and collectively organise will remain in breach of ILO standards. The Commission will not have its power to compulsorily arbitrate restored. The Greens policies would throw Workchoices out it its entirety, and restore the role of the independent umpire. These policies would truly restore fairness and equity to the workplace in Australia.
How To Get Two Votes For The Price Of One and Put an End to Workchoices
The critical importance of this issue has led the Committee of Management of the Union to recommending that members vote Greens 1 and Labor 2 in the House of Representatives. This is the first time that this Union has ever made a recommendation on how to vote in a federal election, and is an indication of how high the stakes are in this election.
You can have two votes against Workchoices in the House of Representatives by voting Green first, and giving your second preference to Labor. If the Green’s candidate does not get more votes than the Labor candidate then the Green candidate’s votes will be applied to the Labor candidate, as per the voter’s preference on the ballot paper. Your vote will then count as a Labor vote if you voted for the Green candidate first.
(If the Green candidate gets more votes than the Labor candidate he or she may well be elected on Labor preferences.)
Remember, for your vote to be valid you must number all boxes on the House of Representatives ballot paper.
Your vote in the Senate is critical as the Coalition could lose the election but maintain control of the Senate. If this occurred, it is almost certain that it would block any attempt to repeal Workchoices.
The ALP can not win control of the Senate in this election. Therefore, regardless of your vote in the lower house, it is critical to vote Green in the Senate to put an end to Workchoices. To vote Green in the Senate you can simply vote ‘1’ above the line for the Greens and do not have to number every box. Remember you do have to number every box on the House of Representatives ballot paper.