||Issue No. 246||12 November 2004|
How It Comes To This
Interview: The Reich Stuff
Economics: Crime and Punishment
Environment: Beyond The Wedge
International: The End Of The Lucky Country
Safety: Tests Fail Tests
Politics: Labo(u)r Day
Human Rights: Arabian Lights
History: Labour's Titan
Review: Foxy Fiasco
Poetry: Then I Saw The Light
The Locker Room
Asbestos Audit Refused
The workers were cutting a fire door at the Liddell power station when the deadly fibres were released and blown around the workspace by a fan.
The door was marked asbestos free prompting worker fears Asbestos registers at the facility were out of date.
The Liddell and Bayswater power stations have been temporarily shut down for crucial long-term maintenance.
The owners, Macquarie Generation, has refused AMWU calls to do through asbestos audits of the plants.
The company has also moved to stop contractors paying workers who refused to enter workspaces until safety inspectors had completed a sweep of affected areas.
State president, Tim Ayres, says there have been other examples at the stations of asbestos not shown on the Asbestos Register and believes the company is displaying a cavalier approach to the health and safety of workers.
"Macquarie Generation has...caused a number of our members to be exposed to the most frightening and devastating diseases associated with asbestos poisoning," says Ayres.
"Given the current heightened public awareness of asbestos related issues it is unimaginable that the potential risks of exposure to asbestos were not considered by management at Macquarie Generation.
"They are trying to send a message to workers they shouldn't stick their hand up when there is a safety problem."
Hardie At The Gates
Meanwhile Unions, asbestos victims and community members will launch an ongoing protest at the James Hardie Manufacturing Plant in Rosehill to increase pressure on the company.
Hardie's called police in an unsuccessful attempt to remove the communityprotest, which included demountable sheds and portable toilets.
"James Hardie had the audacity to say that the shed had been placed in anarea that created an unsafe practice," says Andrew Ferguson of theConstruction Forestry Mining and Energy Union.
The action will continue on weekdays from 8am to 4pm at Colquhoun Road,Rosehill until a resolution has been reached with James Hardie.
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