Work laws hijack children?s future

By LEE McIVORlmcivor@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

RUGBY league great Tommy Raudonikis has a clear message: "If we don't do something now about the new WorkChoices' legislation our children will be working for $10 an hour.''

Mr Raudonikis was addressing a public meeting at the Gladstone Leagues Club on Monday evening.

The meeting was held by the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, the CFMEU mining division, CFMEU construction division, the Electrical Trades Union and the Plumbers Union, to launch their 'Light the Fuse' campaign.

Over 100 people attended the meeting to hear from the rugby league legend.

In an impassioned plea Mr Raudonikis called on workers in the region to stand up and fight against the new WorkChoices' legislation.

"I am involved in this campaign because I fear for the future of my children and grandchildren,'' Mr Raudonikis told the meeting.

"We need to get rid of this government because we are going to lose all our rights.''

The Federal Government's proposed WorkChoices' legislation comes into effect next Monday.

The legislation was passed through parliament late last year in what was billed by Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews as an historic day.

The Queensland Council of Unions and the state government have both lodged appeals with the High Court against the WorkChoices' legislation.



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