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Right to strike to be denied by government

The Howard government suppressed the freedom of workers to associate by severely limiting the means workers have to collectively bargain, in particular prohibiting the withdrawing of their labour power. ˜Law and order” was the political˜spin” used against unions, with zero tolerance allowed for so-called ˜unlawful” strikes. In a collective bargaining system, the strike is the […]

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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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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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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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