Trade union campaigners will make their presence felt with a worker-funded mobile billboard at tonight’s Rooty Hill leaders’ debate, to highlight the threat posed by the election of a Coalition Government.

The billboard has been funded by small donations from hundreds of individual workers and has followed the Liberal leader, Tony Abbott during the election campaign.

Unions NSW Secretary, Mark Lennon said trade union members have deep concerns that Tony Abbott is harbouring a secret agenda to attack their workplace rights.

“Tony Abbott is trying to keep workplace policy out of this campaign, and that’s because he is under serious pressure from big business to reintroduce individual contracts and smash penalty rates,” Mr Lennon said.

“Unfortunately for Mr Abbott, his IR spokesman Eric Abetz has now revealed the Coalition’s secret plan to block pay rises for workers if they think they’re too high or don’t trade away enough conditions.

“The Coalition is also likely to back moves in the Fair Work Commission to slash penalty rates.

“In NSW we’ve already seen what happens with Liberal politicians. They’re on their best behavior before people go to the polls and then they let rip afterwards.

“Make no mistake, cutting rights and pay is core business for the Liberals in government.”

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