Archive for 'ABCC'
If there is any hope it lies in the proles. The most important battles in the weeks and months to come are likely to be by unions, in particular building unions. The Abbott government has signaled a brutal crackdown on the CFMEU and other building unions in the near future, especially through its soon to be revitalised Australian Building and Construction Commission.
To drive back the repressive state, we must join together with building unions to help them win their fight against repression and in their victory create the space for freedom to blossom.
Posted by John, December 8th, 2012 - under ABCC, Aboriginal deaths in custody, Australian Building and Construction Commission, Building industry, Building unions, Building workers, CFMEU, Deaths at work, Deaths in custody.
Perhaps the difference in treatment in death is that police protect the profit system, whereas workers don’t. We workers make the profit for the bosses. We are expendable and our deaths at work are nothing to them compared to the death of a police officer.
By their eulogies shall ye know the bosses and their system.
Posted by John, August 30th, 2012 - under ABCC, Australian Building and Construction Commission, Australian army, Building industry, Building unions, Building workers, CFMEU, Grocon, Picket, Picketing, Profits, Strikes.
One task for the Australian left is to link the fight for lives and against the bosses’ killing machine on building sites to the fight in Australia against the Australian ruling class’s killing machine in Afghanistan. That ruling class killing machine is in Afghanistan repressing Afghans to protect the system that produces Grocon’s safety practices and profits.
The only way to smash the ABCC is to strike and cut off the flow of profits to the building bosses. Workers did that in 1969 with Clarrie O’Shea. They struck and smashed the penal powers then. They can do the same today with the ABCC.
The ABCC is not about stamping out lawlessness but stamping out building unions, the one group of unions still committed to defending their membership by sometimes taking industrial action over shoddy work and safety practices and defending jobs and wages.
The ‘crime’ these unions commit is being real unions.
Julia Gillard is the Peter Reith of the Labor Party. Of course she’s more nuanced, more articulate and has more influence over the trade union movement than Reith. That makes her more dangerous to workers and more useful to the bosses. Her value to capital and closeness to the trade union and Labor Party bureaucrats explains why, if [...]
Posted by John, March 31st, 2010 - under ABCC, Ark Tribe, Australian Building and Construction Commission, Australian justice, Australian politics, BHP, China, David Hicks, Julia Gillard, Justice, Mamdouh Habib, Mohamed Haneef, Rio Tinto, Stern Hu.
Australian justice is like Chinese justice – it represents the interests of the rich and powerful.
If the choice is between breaking the law by striking to enforce safety standards and protect lives or doing nothing and watching people die, I’m for breaking the law.
Posted by John, August 12th, 2009 - under ABCC, ALP, Ark Tribe, Australian Building and Construction Commission, Australian Labor Party, Australian politics, Building industry, Building unions, Building workers, CFMEU, Clarrie O'Shea, Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd, Labor Party, Strikes.
Industrial action across Australia can smash Labor’s ABCC and save Ark Tribe from jail. Now is the time to begin organising for this.
Posted by John, August 6th, 2009 - under ABCC, ALP, AMWU, Ark Tribe, Australian Building and Construction Commission, Australian politics, Bribery, Building industry, Building unions, Building workers, CFMEU, Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd.
It’s time for Julia Gillard to order the ABCC to investigate if Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton have been bribing foreign officials and committing a crime in Australia.