Abbott union 'lynch mob' mentality will backfire: Bandt

Tony Abbott's attempt to generate a lynch mob mentality towards unions will backfire, Greens Deputy Leader and workplace relations spokesperson, Adam Bandt, said today.

The government is set to announce a Royal Commission into the union movement, but the Greens say any claims of wrongdoing should be investigated by police.

"Tony Abbott's long planned lynching of the union movement will backfire," Mr Bandt said today.

"The Australian people will see it for what it is, the first step in the government's assault on wages and conditions."

"Unions are central to our prosperity and much of what is decent in our society."

"Australians know that without unions, they are very vulnerable to job insecurity and attacks on their income."

"Any genuine claims of wrongdoing should be investigated and prosecuted by the police, something a Royal Commission cannot do."

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