The coalition will not stand in the way of the federal government’s Fair Work bill, federal Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull says.

Legislation dismantling the previous Howard government’s controversial workplace relations regime was introduced to parliament on Tuesday, honouring a Labor election promise.

The government’s aim is to have the draft laws pass the House of Representatives by the end of next week and through the Senate early next year for introduction in 2010.

Turnbull told reporters the opposition reserved its right to propose amendments to improve the operation of the bill following the Senate inquiry.

But he said the opposition would not stand in the way of legislation.

“The coalition accepts Work Choices is dead. The Australian people have spoken,” Turnbull said.