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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AT LAST A HOME! The Need For Public Housing: 2004

Update: In the debate on homelessness here I did not record the speech of Bob Day who wants to privatise the SA Housing Trust and drive down wages and defeat the building unions – now ex-Senator Day. In November 2016, there is worse homelessness and is not addressed by our political elite. Housing action groups […]

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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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Our rights at work need fighting for under Rudd's corporate industrial relations policy

Our rights at work need fighting for under Rudd’s corporate industrial relations policy

OUR RIGHTS AT WORK NEED FIGHTING FOR Two papers by Rob Durbridge AEU National Office Paper one. It is common ground on all sides of politics that the union campaign against Work Choices played a big part in the defeat of the Howard Government. But the Rudd Government has no intention of returning the favour […]

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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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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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