Any decent articles on the struggle against Howard's employment laws?

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Skraeling
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Apr 6 2007 02:20
Any decent articles on the struggle against Howard's employment laws?

Does anyone now of any decent articles on the struggle (or lack of struggle) against Howard's employment laws?

I'd be more interested in an article which focusses on what workers are or were doing, rather than what capital and the state are doing

and what is happening with the new laws? have they passed thru parliament yet? have workers attempted to strike against the bill yet? or is the "your rights at work" campaign still an election campaign for the ALP?

Spassmaschine
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Apr 6 2007 11:11

As far as I am aware there has been little real struggle to the new laws - at least, no action against the passing of the bill. The laws were implemented maybe nine months ago? and apart from the ACTU calling "days of action" every six months or so (which are essentially big ALP electoral rallies) there is not much visible opposition. And of course, the ALP has been softening its opposition to the laws as the election draws closer, as it actually looks to have a chance of getting in this time, and needs to appear friendly towards business.

There may have been a few strikes and such in a few workplaces where they've been brought in, but as the new laws have severely restricted the lawfulness of strikes, this has been limited. Individuals can be fined for taking part unlawful strikes, and after around 100 workers at a Perth building site got fined $30,000 apiece for striking illegally, things have been pretty quiet. I mean, there are small isolated strikes all the time, but nothing big, and no real attempts to link them all up.

And "Your rights at work" is purely and ALP election campaign.

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Apr 9 2007 12:36
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r around 100 workers at a Perth building site got fined $30,000 apiece for striking illegally

what happened in the end with this? did they end up having to pay?