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Combet: champion of Australian workers
THE Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) called Greg Combet a champion of working people after his announcement he would not re contest the upcoming Federal election.
Before serving as Climate Change Minister, Mr Combet was ACTU Secretary between 2000-2007 after working as an ACTU Industrial Officer since 1993.
ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver said as a minister Mr Combet put the interests of working people front and centre of policy reform.
“Among countless achievements as ACTU Secretary, Greg drove the highly successful Your Rights at Work campaign that killed off WorkChoices,” Mr Oliver said.
“He guided the union movement through the difficult waterfront dispute, leading the fight against Patrick’s shameful attempt to smash a unionised workforce. “He secured compensation payments from James Hardie for victims of asbestos disease.”
ACTU President Ged Kearney said Australian unions couldn’t thank Mr Combet enough for his contribution to the union movement and to all Australian working people.