||Issue No. 214||26 March 2004|
The Security Shift
Interview: Baby Bust
Safety: Dust To Dust
Bad Boss: Shaming in Print
National Focus: Work's Cripplin' Us
International: Bulk Bullies
History: The Battle for Kelly's Bush
Economics: Aid, Trade And Oil
Review: The Art Of Work
Poetry: Sew His Lips Together
But Will He Get the Trains To Run On Time?
Uniting For Peace
Family Mourns Dead Worker
Winson's father was in a coma for five days before he passed away last week, leaving behind a grieving widow and seven children without a breadwinner.
"I want justice,' says Winson. "The boss didn't help me. The boss just wanted to protect himself."
The boss is builder John Jin (Jun Jian) of QW International Investments Pty Ltd. He employed, illegally, Winson's father Kow Chey, who was in Australia on a tourist visa, but was employed as cheap labour at John Jin's Strathfield building site.
"The safety on the site was appalling," says Andrew Ferguson of the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), who has slammed the builder for not even offering to provide assistance for a decent funeral.
Kow Chey's family are Bhuddists, who view as very important the rite of praying at the site of where a person passes away. When they approached Mr Jin to pray at the site of their father's deadly fall the builder closed the gates on them.
"This is an issue of human decency," says Ferguson. "It demonstrates the bastadry that takes place in workplaces where there is complete contempt for workers."
Through the intervention of the CFMEU Kow Chey's family finally accessed the site to conduct memorial prayers. A week-long picket of the site has secured $25 000 to assist the family with funeral, medical and living expenses.
The CFMEU is also pursuing a mortality workers compensation claim.
"Fortunately I went to the union to help my family," says Winson. "Many of the members there have treated me like a son."
"Before my mother was very down, now she's a lot better because of the justice the CFMEU has brought my family."
"You should be very proud of the way your union has helped us."
The CFMEU and the Labor Council have also slammed the protocols following such deaths, with emergency services other than police not required to notify WorkCover in the event of such deaths.
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