BAILLIEU MUST FUND JOBWATCH TO PROTECT LOCAL WORKERS

BAILLIEU MUST FUND JOBWATCH TO PROTECT LOCAL WORKERS

Posted on 19. Apr, 2011 in Clayton Update

Premier Ted Baillieu’s disastrous decision to cut funding to JobWatch will leave thousands of Victorian workers without any support or assistance to understand and enforce their rights, Member for Clayton Hong Lim said today.

Mr Lim said JobWatch provided free and confidential advice to around 20,000 people every year on unfair dismissal, harassment, bullying and wage related issues.

“Mr Baillieu’s decision will leave so many workers in our community in the lurch when seeking free and confidential advice about their working rights,” Mr Lim said.

“It is clear the Baillieu-Ryan Government has no plan to secure jobs in the Clayton electorate or protect workers’ rights.

“Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Richard Dalla-Riva, has again showed just how out of touch he is.

“Thousands of Victorians have benefited enormously from JobWatch’s work to educate and advise workers on their rights and options in the event of unfair dismissal or other employment issues.”

Mr Lim said cutting JobWatch funding was another example of how the Baillieu-Ryan Government was turning its back on working families.

“We have seen the Coalition push through legislation to make Easter Sunday a trading day which will force thousands of Victorian retail workers away from their family and friends without public holiday penalty rates,”

“And Mr Baillieu has flagged that public sector job losses are likely following next month’s State Budget.

“This comes after Mr Baillieu broke his promise to make Victorian teachers the best paid in Australia and reneged on a higher pay increase for police.

“Victoria’s working families deserve better and Mr Baillieu must stop treating them with contempt.”

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