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Howard outlaws the right to strike 2005

I published this in 2005 against WorkChoices. Depressingly, PM Rudd is doing much the same! ‘The right of workers to leave their jobs is a test of freedom. Hitler suppressed strikes. Stalin suppressed strikes. But each also suppressed freedom. There are some things worse than strikes, much worse than strikes – one of them is […]

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A FRAMEWORK OF FLESH by Humphrey McQueen

Humphrey McQueen, freelance labour historian’s new publication: A FRAMEWORK OF FLESH Builders’ labourers battle for health and safety The hope of the world Foreword “A red armband view” What follows http://home.alphalink.com.au/~loge27/sborder/blf_framework_of_flesh.htm This is soon to be published with a limited print run. Building unions and the ACTU health and safety unit should really pre=purchase many […]

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The Right to Politically Protest 2006

I wrote this in July 2006. One would have thought that protection for workers withdrawing their labour to attend ACTU community assemblies protesting against WorkChoices was a basic democratic freedom. But under a Rudd government, like Howard’s WorkChoices, it may/does remain unlawful. On Wednesday 28th June 2006, hundreds of thousands of people attended protest rallies, […]

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Workers’ Rights?

Repeal the Building Industry Act and WorkChoices Sydney August 16 2008 I support the campaign of the ACTU and the Construction Forest Mining and Energy Union and Noel Washington. I deal with: Right to strike for industry bargaining and right to strike to save the environment. Australian workers’ legal rights remain amongst the worst in […]

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Right to strike for industry bargaining attacked by Gillard (January 5th 2008)

It is important that workers have the right to strike for industry bargaining. January 2008. One week’s new year holiday on the NSW south coast beach, listening to the tests with PM Kevin Rudd commentating and reading Mungo’s election campaign book. As a campaigner for Your Rights at Work Worth Fighting For and ALP member, […]

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No right to strike in individual bargaining?

No right to strike in individual bargaining?

Under the 1996 Workplace Relations Act there was a right to strike for an AWA, but with WorkChoices these protected individual bargaining rights were removed. They have not been restored by DPM Gillard in her politically successful phasing out of AWAs. And powerful corporate interests are rolling these individual contracts into non-union collective bargaining. I […]

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Concerns for the right to strike: Kevin Rudd “Facing the Future” 17/4/2007

I responded to Kevin Rudd’s statements against the right to srike he raised during the election. I have attacked PM Howard for removing the right to strike, almost to the point of suppression. I was surprised to hear Kevin Rudd 17/4/2007 targeting strikes as a problem. And on an individual’s basic human right to withdraw […]

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Howard's anti-union agenda: Prohibited Content

Howard’s anti-union agenda: Prohibited Content

The following 2006 comment focuses on one of the new details of WorkChoices, that of ˜prohibited content”. Content for enterprise agreements that are legally prohibited are ˜union-friendly claims”. They were formerly lawful content in collective bargaining agreements. This assumes some knowledge of WorkChoices and how it is unfair for workers and their unions and gives […]

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First the Verdict: The true story of the Cole Commission into building and construction workers

Book review First published: Australian Options, No. 35, Summer 2004 www.australian-options.org.au. First the Verdict is a first rate expose of the Howard Government’s $60 million Cole Building Industry Royal Commission as a witch hunt against the building unions. Published on the day former Minister for Workplace Relations Tony Abbott released the Cole recommendations, First the […]

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