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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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ILO rules the BCII Act breaches minimum freedoms for workers

ILO rules the BCII Act breaches minimum freedoms for workers

ILO (2005) Council Report from the Freedom of Association Committee http://www.ilo.org/public/english/standards/relm/gb/docs/gb294/pdf/gb-7-1.pdf paragraphs 409-457 The ILO Governing Body endorsed recommendations from its Committee on Freedom of Association asking the Howard Government to amend the laws. ACTU president Sharan Burrow, who is a member of the ILO Governing Body, welcomed the decision as a vindication of union […]

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Professor George Williams: ABCC inappropriate use of public power

Professor George Williams: ABCC inappropriate use of public power

THE AUSTRALIAN BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION COMMISSION: AN APPROPRIATE USE OF PUBLIC POWER? This is a copy from the Forum on Industrial Laws Applying in the Australian Construction Industry National Press Club, Canberra, 25 August 2008 George Williams Anthony Mason Professor of law, University of New South Wales I have been asked to talk about the […]

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Rudd's Secret Industrial Inquisition

Rudd’s Secret Industrial Inquisition

Howard’s blandly named Australian Building and Construction Commission, the ABCC remains under Rudd. I re-wote an earlier film review when I heard that in august 2008 the ABCC, under PM Rudd and Minister Gillard, is prosecuting Victorian CFMEU Noel Washington who faces 6 months jail for not answering questions about a union meeting. One way […]

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Exploitation and suppressing strikes in Australia

AUSTRALIA’S WORKCHOICES: EXPLOITATION AND SUPRESSING STRIKES Or do not follow Australian Labour Law Paper for San Francisco Labor Centre University of California Berkeley by Chris White March 2007 Australia’s Prime Minister John Howard proudly aligns his politics with President Bush. PM Howard has led a right-wing neo-liberal government since 1996 and in July 2005 won […]

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