||Issue No. 210||27 February 2004|
Rock Of Ages
Interview: Trading in Principle
Unions: While We Were Away
Politics: Follow the Leader
Bad Boss: Safety Recidivist Fingered
Economics: Casualisation Shrouded In Myths
History: Worker Control Harco Style
Review: Other Side Of The Harbour
Taking The Piss
Tom Goes Off I
Tom Goes Off II
A Bridge Too Far
A year after the accident the widow, Karen Boland, and her three children, Kate, Tara and Jordan, were on hand for the unveiling of a memorial at the Michael Boland Bridge, just off Sydney's Princes Highway.
"The bridge naming in memory of Michael is welcomed but the best thing the state government can do to show respect for workers killed is to pass industrial manslaughter laws," says Karen Boland.
Other family members, friends and union delegates attended the ceremony to unveil the memorial plaque and name the bridge.
"This was not the first fatality on a State Rail project," said Construction Forestry and Mining Energy Union (CFMEU) secretary Andrew Ferguson. "The CFMEU is demanding that the state government and all its departments establish better systems to monitor safety on their projects."
A NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Serious Injury and Death in the Workplace has received thousands of petitions also calling for industrial manslaughter laws.
The petition was coordinated by Kim Williams a teenage friend of Joel Exner, who was killed on a building site in Sydney's west in October last year.
"Like negligent car drivers who drink drive and kill, employers who cut corners for profits and kill must be held accountable," says Williams.
Public In Danger
The recent collapse of tonnes of pebbles from a synthetic bag at a suburban building site in St Leonards has led to the CFMEU moving to protect the safety of construction workers and members of the public.
"We were fortunate no one was killed," says CFMEU Secretary Andrew Ferguson. "If this is not addressed we face the prospect of workers and members of the public being killed or seriously injured."
The CFMEU intends to eliminate the threat by demanding changes to the way materials are handled. If builders do not cooperate the union has recommended that workers should "sit in the sheds until this safety problem is fixed".
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