Unions Salute “Magnificent” Work of those Behind Change
The election result is a huge win for the groundswell of ordinary people who want a fair go for all, an equal tax system and decent jobs, education and health care, say unions.
The result symbolises a major repudiation of the government’s destructive policies over the past three years, says ACTU President, Ged Kearney.
“While the final outcome of the election has not yet been decided, it is clear that Australians have firmly rejected Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberal’s big business first approach to government.”
Ms Kearney praised the “secret army” of hard-working union members who worked so hard throughout the campaign: “You have been magnificent — I salute you,” she says.
Unions are calling for workers’ rights to head the national political agenda.
“It’s especially important to remember the Liberal Government’s failure to offer a substantive industrial relations policy leaves them with absolutely no mandate for significant changes or indeed any policy that seeks to undermine worker’s rights, pay or job security should they manage to achieve re-election.”
The election result is a huge win for union members nationwide who campaigned for a restoration of funding to hospitals and schools, and for a proper, long term jobs plan – something the Turnbull government failed to deliver.
“It’s clear now that these concerns have translated into votes,” says Ms Kearney.
“The huge, grassroots uprising to protect Medicare should go down as the defining moment in this campaign. Medicare is at the heart of what makes Australia such a great country, and the Liberal Government’s complete inability to protect this national treasure has cost them dearly”.
Both Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten have made clear promises, and Unions are vowing to work every day for the next three years to hold whoever becomes the next Prime Minister to account.
“I’m proud of every single union member and volunteer who has been out in their community, tirelessly working to share their passion for a fairer, more inclusive Australia that supports families and workers, rather than continuing to sell out their interests to those of big business and multi-nationals,” says Ms Kearney.
And the next Prime Minister — whoever it is — must work with cross benchers, senate and unions, and cannot ignore the loud and clear message that Australians want a change from what they have seen in Canberra for the past three years, Ms Kearney says.
Article source: Working Life.