Industrial Relations Minister Christian Porter has demanded a union advertising campaign railing against workplace reforms be pulled from the airwaves.
The coalition’s industrial relations bill has sparked a fierce backlash from Labor and unions, which argue changes to the better off overall test could leave workers worse off.
The electrical and construction unions’ ad depicts Prime Minister Scott Morrison accelerating a bus towards about a dozen workers.
Industrial Relations Minister Christian Porter has demanded a union advertising campaign (pictured) railing against workplace reforms be pulled from the airwaves
The clip cuts just before the vehicle, which has ‘IR omnibus bill’ on its side, mows down the terrified group.
In a blistering attack, Mr Porter said the campaign was disgusting, shameful and insensitive to the families of people who had died in road accidents.
‘This ad is just a new low point in Australian politics,’ he told 2GB radio on Monday.
‘People get pushed inside their organisation by the advertisers for maximum outrage and shock value but to depict images like this depicts just crosses a massive line and it shouldn’t happen.’
Mr Porter likened the ad to a scrapped GetUp campaign against former prime minister Tony Abbott who was portrayed as a surf lifesaver who allowed people to drown.
‘That was pulled from the air and this is actually far worse than that. It should go. It’s just terrible.’
Mr Porter said the campaign was disgusting, shameful and insensitive to the families of people who had died in road accidents
Leila Geagea and Danny Abdallah whose children Antony, 13, Angelina, 12, and Sienna, 9, and Veronique Sakr died on February 1, 2020 when they were hit by a drunk driver
CFMEU national construction secretary Dave Noonan said workers beginning to get back on their feet after coronavirus shutdowns would be smashed by the laws.
‘Crossbench senators have the power to stop this omnibus running over Australian workers,’ he said.
ETU national secretary Allen Hicks said the campaign was about standing up for all workers.
‘Australian workers did their part to keep the economy strong through the COVID-19 crisis, and it is shameful that Scott Morrison wants to smash them with this omnibus,’ he said.
Mr Porter pointed out the ad was launched on the same day as the anniversary of four children being killed by a drunk driver in Sydney’s west.
Eight-year-old Sienna Abdallah and her siblings Angelina, 12, and Antony, 13, and their cousin Veronique Sakr, 13, were killed on their way to buy ice-creams at a local supermarket.
‘It’s just shamefully insensitive to people who have been through road traumas and it should be pulled,’ Mr Porter said.
Under the government’s plan, the Fair Work Commission would be able to consider coronavirus impacts when approving agreements that fail the better off overall test.
The omnibus bill also proposes changes to casual employment, awards, wage theft and long-term agreements.
Mr Porter pointed out the ad was launched on the same day as the anniversary of four children being killed by a drunk driver in Sydney’s west
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