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Corporate heavy weights put their self-interest first in attacks on trade unions

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Lee Rhiannon 6 Jan 2016

It's of little surprise that Australia's business heavy weights have joined the Liberal Party's political attack on trade unions, said Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon.

"Reports that big wigs at an elite corporate event, the KPMG Couta Boat Classic, condemned unions are to be expected," Senator Rhiannon said.

"Many corporate CEOs back the Turnbull-Abbott government attacks on unions in the hope that it will help them bring in bigger profits.

"When unions are undermined it is harder for workers to collectively organise for wage increases and improved working conditions.

"Driving down wages and conditions for many of these CEOs is a fast track to higher profits and massive salary packages.

"The Trade Union Royal Commission is one of the biggest abuses of political power and public money in recent Australian history.

"Instead of using legal processes to prosecute any unlawful activities, the Liberal Party set up this two year long and $100 million inquisition to maximise political damage to their opponents.

"The different standards that apply to unions compared to corporations are appalling.

"If criminal activity has occurred there is a legal system that can administer retribution.

"In the coming federal election campaign the Greens NSW will campaign to defend the right of workers to organise. We will continue to actively support the union movement," said Senator Rhiannon.

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