A new film exposes the special police force for the construction industry set up in October 2005 by the conservative Australian government as part of its recent slew of anti-union laws.
Workers' Liberty Australia no.39. Contents include:
It's time for unions to stand firm: Dean Mighell, Joe McDonald, and the ALP
Labor, the unions, and AWAs
Workers' Rights Coalition formed in Melbourne
Without reference to the upcoming Labor Party Conference Opposition Leader, Kevin Rudd, publicly announced the industrial relations policy he will bring to the federal elections at the National Press Club on 17 April. This new policy if implemented will continue the direction of John Howards’ year old WorkChoices legislation.
By a BT engineer
Apart from general statements assuring the bosses that there will be “no return to the ’70s”, the Labour Frontbench has not been keen to spell out what, if anything, they will do to remove the legal shackles imposed on the unions by the Tories.
Read this letter sent by the ABCC - the special construction-industry "police force" set up under the Howard government's Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act - to construction workers i
"Rudd softens IR message to woo business", headlined the Australian Financial Review on 2 February.
A meeting to learn about some past experiences which can help us better understand how to fight Work Choices and the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act today
Saturday 17 February, 3pm
Since Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard took the leadership of the Australian Labor Party on 4 December 2006, the ALP's website has been changed to remove any upfront commitment to repeal John Howard's anti-worker laws.
Radio 4 are looking for nominations for laws which should be repealed for a discussion programme they want to do in the new year. It would be a good opportuity to nominate laws passed since 1984 which restrict the movement of trade unions.