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"As a result of individual contracts that the Howard government's new IR laws allow for, employees at Morgans IGA Supermarket in Meadow Heights will be working on ANZAC Day without being paid public holiday penalty rates" Ms Vamvakinou said.

"The soaring cost of petrol is biting into household budgets in a way that is unsustainable for working families" Ms Vamvakinou said.

At the 2007 ALP National Conference held in Sydney over the weekend, Labor announced its new industrial relations policy Forward with Fairness.

"Labor’s Forward with Fairness policy puts fairness back into the Australian workplace, whilst at the same time providing business with the flexibility it needs to be competitive in today’s fast paced economy" Ms Vamvakinou said.

Federal Member for Calwell, Ms Maria Vamvakinou, welcomed tax cuts for working families and carers, but warned that this year’s Federal Budget fails to address the long-term challenges of the nation.
For the last year, the Howard government has been trying to convince the Australian public that its new IR laws are fair. This announcement that it will change parts of its IR legislation is simply an admission that these laws were unfair all along.

Labor’s 10-year $2.5 billion Trades Training Centres in Schools Plan will see new trade centres built in all high schools in Calwell.

"Confusion over whether Airline Partners Australia's bid for Qantas has failed or not is an additional and unnecessary burden that Qantas workers should not have to carry" Ms Vamvakinou said.

National Families Week this year coincides with the UN International Day of the Family on 15 May and Mother’s Day on 13 May. The theme for National Families Week this year is “Families Investing in Time Together (FITT Families).”