JULIA GILLARD has ruled out any suggestion she would stand against the Prime Minister before the election, calling it ”absurd speculation”.The Deputy Prime Minister also said she understood concern about a construction worker facing jail for not answering questions from the Australian Building and Construction Commission.Construction unions rallied around the country yesterday, protesting against the trial of building worker Ark Tribe, who faces six months in prison for failing to answer questions from the commission, and accused Labor of breaking an election promise.Ms Gillard said she was conscious of ”community concern” for Mr Tribe but the government had honoured its commitment to abolish the commission by bringing a bill to parliament. ”We are in a political position where it is impossible for us to pass the legislation,” she said.”Many in the union movement” understood the government’s position, she said, and those who wanted change would get it by pressuring the Liberal and National parties to change their vote in the Senate, or voting for Labor in the election.However, the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union’s construction division national secretary, Dave Noonan, said his union opposed Labor’s bill because it did not go far enough and did not remove the ”coercive powers” of any new building regulator. ”It’s a position of principle and we will not change because of any election,” he said.Ms Gillard said the government did not intend to go to the election with new industrial relations policies and would rest on its Fair Work reforms.Ms Gillard said the ABCC bill would not be renegotiated. ”We need what we referred to as a tough cop on the beat … There are compliance problems on all sides. There are employers that engage in sham contracting; there are employers who don’t pay workers properly; there are times where employers and unions don’t abide by the workplace relations laws,” she said.Victorian branches of the CFMEU and Electrical Trades Union have threatened to direct members to vote for the Greens over the issue.The Australian Workers Union national secretary, Paul Howes, said: ”It would be a massive miscarriage of justice if Ark Tribe was jailed, but frankly you can’t blame Labor for this.”
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