Workers fined $10,000 for striking

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Jan 2 2008 08:51
Workers fined $10,000 for striking

MORE than 90 Perth construction workers have been fined up to $10,000 for taking part in an illegal strike and the Federal Government can do nothing about it, ACTU secretary Sharan Burrow says.

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,22956520-29277,00.html

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Jan 2 2008 10:10

Fucking hell...good to see (in the article) that their union is at least paying the fines.

It implies in the article that if Labour's amended legislation had already gone through, this wouldn't have been an illegal strike, but I was under the impression that any changes Labour would make would only be window dressing - does anyone on here know details of what will change?

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Jan 2 2008 18:09

Here is an article I found outlining Rudd's policy on strikes - http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/rudd-attacks-right-to-strike/2007/04/17/1176696837256.html

The main bit is:

HOW THE PARTIES COMPARE
LABOR
■ Strikes illegal except when workers negotiating new collective pay deals; can only be called by secret ballot; no strike pay from employers; industry-wide strikes illegal.

■ All workers would have right to appeal against unfair dismissal after probationary period.

■ Individual contracts (Australian Workplace Agreements) to be abolished.

COALITION
■ Strikes illegal except when workers negotiating new collective pay deals; can only be called by secret ballot; no strike pay from employers; industry-wide strikes illegal.

■ No right of appeal on unfair dismissal in companies with fewer than 100 staff.

■ Individual contracts (AWAs) used to vary award conditions.

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Jan 3 2008 00:55

Cheers for that.