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Why the difference in the treatment of the death of Phillip Hughes and that of building workers? In a word, profit. Safety on building sites threatens the bosses’ profit. Cricket on the other hand, as a business, reinforces the profit system, and makes its protagonists well known and loved. Let’s fight for a world in which everyone is safe at work. That means at its most basic more power to our unions, not less.
Briggs identified the real problem when she said that profit cannot come before safety on building sites any more. However proft does come first, and will continue to come before safety. That is what the ABCC is about. It is what smashing union industrial campaigns for safety on site are about.
Can we cull the business sharks who kill building workers? The best way to ensure there is safety on building sites is to give the workers power to cut off the flow of profits to the bosses, without loss of pay, when sites are unsafe, or for workers to take that power.
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 army, Australian Building and Construction Commission, 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.