Reith forces Coalition to rethink IR

Published in AFR, 29 June 2011

Geoff Kitney


    ... Mr Abbott's concession to the Reith campaign for a renewed industrial relations policy debate was welcomed by business groups and by the HR Nicholls Society, the advocate of labour market liberalisation which was so influential in support of John Howard's reform agenda.

    The society said in a statement that it would take up Mr Abbot's invitation to revive the IR debate and would encourage the business community to take up their concerns about the Gillard government's rolling back of changes under Work Choices.

    But Mr Abbot's conciliatory remarks to Mr Reith triggered claims by the trade union movement and the government that a revival of Work Choices was inevitable if the Coalition won the next election.

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