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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (0)

Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
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Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole

Sick kids and paying upfront


Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace this morning for Razor Sharp. It happens every Tuesday. (0)

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Send Barnaby to Indonesia
It is a pity that Barnaby Joyce, a man of tact, diplomacy, nuance and subtlety, isn’t going to Indonesia to fix things up. I know I am disappointed that Barnaby is missing out on this great opportunity, and I am sure the Indonesians feel the same way. [Sarcasm alert.] (0)



The International Day of Mourning and the ABCC

440 workers died at work last year.  Tens of thousands were injured, many seriously.

Others die painful deaths from diseases and illnesses contracted from work.

Every week a building worker dies on site.

April 28 is the International Day of Mourning for workers killed at work. 

In Victoria building workers have linked the day to the fight against the building industry cop, Howard and Rudd’s anti-democratic Australian Building and Construction Commission. 

In Melbourne recently 600 building union delegates passed the following motion:

28th April Mass Rally

 This combined delegates meeting resolves to support a joint mass rally on 28th April (on the International Day of Mourning) at 10.00 am Lygon St Trades Hall, of all Victorian construction workers to protest against the number of workers killed and injured because of poor workplace safety practices in the Australian Construction Industry and the ongoing anti-worker activities of the ABCC.

This is a great start to defeating the ABCC. 


One word of warning.  Don’t trust the officials to lead a real fight that could be successful.



Ordinary members need to take over and extend the fight, rather than rely on their officials.


For example in Canberra there will be nothing real. The CFMEU – the construction workers’ union – will hold a memorial meeting in the Trades and Labour Council rooms and lay a  reef at a  dam. 


No rally, no demo, no strike, no members, no linkage of the day to the actions of the ABCC in contributing to an increase in injuries on work sites.


Presumably failed Labor Party hack and CFMEU puppet Senator Kate Lundy will be there too, but won’t mention the ALP support for the ABCC or the increasing injury rates on building sites that coincide with its existence. 


Oh no, because she and some of the building unions’  leadership are too thick with the ALP to criticise Rudd and Gillard for continuing this monstrosity of a regime that hounds and harasses workers for undertaking legitimate union activity.


The ABCC stops workers taking strike action over safety breaches, a real incentive in the past for the bosses to have  a modicum of safety on site. The bosses profit from slack safety and the ABCC enforces that principle through its attacks on building unions.


So in Canberra it’s all just a photo opportunity. That should have Rudd and Gillard scurrying back into Parliament to repeal the ABCC.  Not.


If the CFMEU in Canberra were serious about defeating the ABCC they’d be organising a mass rally and strike action to remember our dead and to build the fight to destroy the star chamber.


Rank and file building workers in Canberra (and other cities across Australia) should organise to force their officials to follow Victoria’s lead and strike against the ABCC on our International Day of Mourning.


Feel free to post what other cities are doing and report backs from the day.


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