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THE Federal Labor Government has called on Opposition Leader Tony Abbott to reveal his plans for workplace reform if he wins government.

Acting Employment Minister Kate Ellis hit out at the Liberal Party on Wednesday after reports Mr Abbott was being pressured to put industrial relations on his election policy agenda this year.

Ms Ellis said Australian workers had a right to know what the Opposition's policy was, feeding fears of further cuts to penalty rates and workers' entitlements.

"Andrew Robb - the Coalition's chief policy-maker - has also written an op-ed in the Australian today saying that the Coalition's polices are ready to go," she said.

"If that's true - he should come clean with Australian workers about his plans for workplace relations."

Ms Ellis' comments come as both major parties ramp up their attacks in the lead-up to this year's federal election.

Mr Abbott has not yet confirmed the issue is on the Coalition policy agenda despite comments from leading party members in 2012 that it would be considered.

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