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Deregistration on Cole Agenda
The head of the CFMEU has foreshadowed that the Cole Royal Commission into the building industry is angling to deregister all or part of his union.
Addressing the National Press Club in Canberra this week, CFMEU national secretary John Sutton predicted that the Howard Government would use the Royal Commission to directly attack the union.
"I'm no futurist, but I will make the following predictions," Sutton says.
- Commissioner Cole will hand down a report scathing of my union;
- Tony Abbott will seize on it as proof of crisis in the construction industry; and
- the Howard Government will seek to introduce legislative changes, including a national taskforce, laws to ban pattern bargaining, laws to restrict union rights on safety in the workplace, a special building industry tribunal, and lastly the possible deregistration of some or all of the CFMEU."
But Sutton warned his 120,000 construction members will not meekly accept this round of fresh attacks on their union.
And he says even if Abbott could follow through on a deregistration agenda this wouldn't necessarily achieve the suggested objective.
"After all, the key building unions making up today's CFMEU, namely BWIU, BLF and FEDFA, have all been subject to periods of deregistration and it hardly killed off the spirit of strong unionism that thrives among our rank and file."
In his speech, Sutton outlined the CFMEU's legal challenge against the Royal Commission's bias and vowed to take the matter all the way to High Court.
He also foreshadowed the CFMEU would also establish its own Code of Conduct covering its more than 200 organisers nationally.
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