Friday, September 19, 2003

Building Industry Bill condemned by the community

The Community has joined the building workers in support of their condemnation of the (Capitalists) Building Industry Bill. Mr United from Justice Action a social justice group told GKCNN, "This is a blatant attack on social justice by greedy capitalists who wish to dictate and lie to workers and the community." They want to put you in jail if you don't work with crummy conditions and wages". He said.

While unions have condemned draft legislation to overhaul the building industry, capitalists see it as a fresh start to introduce slavery at any cost to the community. The bill, based on the recommendations of the Cole Royal Commission, set up to attack unions and prevent strikes. The bill is going to provide for a new building industry watchdog.

But just like the Ombudsperson who is supposed to defend criminal justice but who instead acts like a lap dog. The Ombudsman panders to the government, which is exactly what workplace relations minister Tony Abbott wants. He just wants to tie workers hands while he pulls their pants down. Well, while you're down their Tony, how about it?

The Ombudsman is an insurance policy for the government that's all. If the Ombudsman looks into your problem at all, then by the time they do, the person you complained about who should take the responsibility, has moved on. Three years down the track it's too late. No utility or funding to look into your problem, are some of the reasons given. Or that person you complained about, doesn't work here any more. Meanwhile, you're in jail!

Tony Abbott has released the bill for public comment ahead of being introduced into Federal parliament later this year.

Well this is a public comment I suppose Tony. A strong message I think to get your hands off workers you capitalist thug. This is community business! What workers do with their undies is up to them. Perhaps you need a wash Tony? To get the dirt out? Then we can hang you on the line, to dry out for a while, in full view of the community, who are willing to expose you for what you really are. A Capitalist thug, who will throw you in jail if you don't work, or don't agree with the wages and conditions, he thinks ought to be sufficient.

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy union and ACTU say the legislation is an unjustified attack on workers' rights. Under the new laws, strikes would be limited to two weeks and could only proceed after a secret ballot of workers.

"It is not justified," said ACTU secretary Greg Combet.

"It has been a very biased process to this point and we'll work very hard in the legislative process to ensure we defeat this bill when it reaches the Senate.

Richard Calver from the Master Builders Association says the current workplace relations system has failed the industry. "The evidence on industrial disputes out today from the year ending June 2003 shows that in the face of declining working days lost in Australia, the building industry working days lost have increased," he said. "We're now 45 per cent of all working days lost in this country."

But Mr United said, "The evidence on industrial disputes out today from the year ending June 2003 shows that in the face of declining workers days lost in Australia, the building industry working days lost have increased because workers were delivered unsatisfactory wages and conditions."

The Federal Government's proposed new laws have drawn a cautious reaction from the Democrats. The Government is looking for Democrats support to get the bill through the Senate.

By TWU W NBD 19 September 03

THE WORKER: The government is the problem.


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