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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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The right to politically strike

The right to strike on political issues is a controversial contested industrial relations and labour law issue. I wrote this in 2005 and the arguments are more relevant under Rudd Labor. Governments and employers use labour law against the political protests of striking unionists. Controlling industrial action by sanctions (almost) extinguishes the right to strike. […]

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From Penal Colony to Penal Powers

The right to strike yesterday and today The right to strike is always agreed in principle. “We won’t remove the right to strike”, the Work Choices ads said. Employers agree “subject to restrictions” to protect their class interests. The Australian Council of Trade Union policy is for the workers’ right to withdraw labour without sanctions. […]

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