Union survey claims Abbott Govt is driving anxiety

UNIONS have stepped up the emerging fight over workplace relations on Friday, releasing a survey claiming the Abbott government was driving anxiety among voters.

The Australian Council of Trade Unions-funded survey asked more than 43,000 union and non-union members about their concerns over the past three months.

The survey revealed 93% of respondents were worried the government was trying to "reduce rights at work".

About 85% of respondents said they were worried penalty rates would be cut, and 74% said "Australia is moving in the wrong direction".

ACTU president Ged Kearney said the findings would be used to help determine the issue unions would campaign on until the next federal poll.

She said it would drive a new "sophisticated campaign" targeting marginal seats around the country on "issues that matter".

The survey was released as the productivity commission receives submissions across the spectrum on its inquiry into workplace relations, ahead of a full report on its findings in November this year.

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