||Issue No. 242||15 October 2004|
Interview: The Last Bastian
Unions: High and Dry
Security: Liquid Borders
Industrial: No Bully For You
History: Radical Brisbane
International: No Vacancies
Economics: Life After Capitalism
Technology: Cyber Winners
Poetry: Do It Yourself Poetry
Review: Hard Labo(u)r
The Locker Room
Invest in Dignity Part III
You Need Help
Whose Party Is It Anyway?
No Justice for Joel
Joel Exner's family, along with many of his school friends and over 400 construction workers, attended the unveiling of a memorial in his honour at Wallgrove in Sydney last Friday.
Workers at Exner's former employer, Australand, walked off the job for 24 hours as a mark of respect; they were joined by workers from the nearby M7 project.
The Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union (CFMEU) called for industrial manslaughter laws to be introduced in NSW to help prevent tragedies such as Joel Exner's death.
"No family in Australia should have to suffer the pain that Joel's family has gone through," says CFMEU NSW Secretary Andrew Ferguson. "The CFMEU refuses to stand by and watch as workers continue to die, and families continue to be torn apart, all for the sake of corporate profits."
"One year on, we still haven't received justice for Joel, and the government still hasn't learnt anything from our pain and suffering," says Joel Exner's mother Sue Baxter. "If a driver is negligent and kills someone, that's a crime, but for some reason they are still refusing to create industrial manslaughter laws so that bosses who are negligent, and kill innocent workers like my son, can be jailed for it."
The memorial features a plaque of Joel and a resting-place for passers by, which is expected to become an important place to the family and friends who live close by.
Rev Set For Unsafety Award
Meanwhile Kev "the Rev" Andrews has inspired safety activists to launch the annual Kevs in conjunction with Workers Online and Labor Council of NSW workplace safety website UnionSafe.
The Kevs will feature documented instances of unsafe practices found in Australian workplaces.
Safety activists, workers and trade unions are encouraged to send their photos of instances of flagrant disregard for safety and common sense to [email protected] and the five most interesting examples being featured on UnionSafe and Workers Online with the winner announced in December.
"Despite the safety positive message unions are promoting in workplaces we still come across some amazing examples of safety being disregarded,' says NSW Labor Council OHS Officer Mary Yaager. "In many instances they are so ridiculous as to be laughable.
"The Kevs are about highlighting the lack of thought given to safety by some organisations.
"Receiving a Kev will be a sign that they need to not only stop putting their workers at risk, but also that they should stop making fools of themselves."
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