Attorney-General out of touch with union members

Posted June 14, 2013 by Julie Bignell

Together Acting Secretary Julie Bignell has today debunked comments made by the Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie in relation to Together’s response to the government’s attempts to hinder unions from running campaigns about what the government considers “political matters”.

"In fact, the Queensland Government's recent draconian industrial laws are so broad that we can't ask our local community what they think about the privatisation of health services in the Attorney General’s own electorate without having to ballot our members," Ms Bignell said.

"The government’s attempts to silence unions and community supporters is not only a threat to democracy but also underlines the double-standards employed by the government.

 "Together members have responded very positively to the proposal to conduct campaigning through a company called Working For Queenslanders, showing that they see through the Queensland Government’s weasel words about this issue.

"The fact that we are conducting a membership plebiscite demonstrates our commitment to members having a say, and we will continue to engage with our community about crucial issues like privatisation of our government assets and services.

"We've already got more than 30,000 Queenslanders signed up to our Working For Queenslanders campaign, together we will fight their plans to sell off and sell out our state."

 Ms Bignell said, "The Queensland government is panicking because they know that Queenslanders overwhelmingly oppose privatisation.

"The largest scientific political poll in Australia in March, conducted by the independent polling organisation ReachTel, confirmed that 74% of Queenslanders are opposed to the privatisation of health and hospital services.

 "Queenslanders deserve to be heard in this debate and we will give them a voice."


Authorised Alex Scott, Secretary, Together.
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