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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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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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Building and construction workers have less rights than other Australian workers...my references

Building and construction workers have less rights than other Australian workers…my references

References White, C. (2006) ‘Provoking Building and Construction Workers’ 20th Conference AIRAANZ 21st Century Work: High Road or Low Road? http://www.aomevents.com/conferences/AIRAANZ/papers.php. White, C. (2004) Review Jim Marr , ‘First the Verdict The true story of the Building Industry RoyalCommission’ Australian Options, No. 35, Summer 2004 www.australian-options.org.au. White, C. (2006) ‘The Perth 2007 and the right […]

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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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2008 China labor law reforms - part one The content of the employment contract law

2008 China labor law reforms – part one The content of the employment contract law

China’s President and Communist Party Secretary Hu Jintao and Government Premier Wen Jiabao supported these workplace ‘harmonisation’ reforms. China’s 10th National People’s Congress (NPC) passed the Labor Law on Employment Contracts on June 29th 2007 and in force from 1st January 2008. The Labor Law on Labor Disputes Mediation and Arbitration was operative from May […]

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strike as a last resort

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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Women workers will be worse off under WorkChoices

Women face challenges to hold onto rights at work against blackheart Howard 26/6/2005

Women face challenges to hold onto rights at work against blackheart Howard 26/6/2005 Before WorkChoices: Speech ACT Unions Rally Liberal Party Convention Canberra ‘All workers are asking for is human dignity; not to be treated as commodities; not to be treated as servants or worse as slaves to whatever the corporation or government wants. All […]

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WorkCover: Rann Cuts Injured Workers Entitlements March 2008

WorkCover: Rann Cuts Injured Workers Entitlements March 2008

The history of SA WorkCover is important. I arrived early March 2008 into Adelaide from Canberra. I found great controversy over the Rann ALP Government’s Bill to cut entitlements to injured workers. The unions were opposed, the employers in support. The debate was on. I decided to keep out of the contest having retired some […]

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