||Issue No. 299||17 March 2006|
For Queen and Country
Interview: Organising In Cyberspace
Industrial: How Low Is Low
Industrial: Cloak and Dagger
Unions: Bad Medicine
History: Right Turn, Clyde
Economics: Long Division
International: Union Proud
Politics: Howard’s Sick Joke
Indigenous: The year of living dangerously
Review: Lights, Camera, Strike!
Culture: News Front
The Locker Room
Picket Buster Carpeted
AMWU members at Hastings Deering, Townsville, are celebrating the banning of Clifford Buckby, following an Industrial Relations Commission conference, last week.
"He has been barred from the workshop and driving around the site," AMWU organiser and former Hastings Deering delegate, Rick Finch, reported.
"The guys are relieved he can't interact with our workshop people. That's what they wanted."
Workers Online understands the compromise settlement restricts Buckby to the carpark, office and spare parts department , and, requires the company to notify the delegate whenever Buckby is on the premises.
The action stemmed from an incident in October, 2003, in which Buckby drove his vehicle at workers seeking an improved enterprise bargaining agreement.
AMWU member, Andrew Burton, was forced to cling onto the bulbar of Buckby's landcruiser. Witnesses say the earth moving contractor drove another 30 metres with Burton attached.
One hundred angry unionists demanded that he be barred from their workplace as a health and safety risk but Hastings Deering said it would take no action until legal processes were exhausted.
On December 20, last year, Buckby was found guilty of dangerous driving by magistrate, Laurie Vera.
Mr Vera said he was satisfied Buckby had exposed picketers to real danger.
However, when employees sought action against him, Hastings again refused.
They backed their concern with a mass petition and the commission action.
"People are still angry about his behaviour," Finch said. "We were acting in support of our EBA when he drove his four-wheel drive at picketers.
"It was the only piece of bad feeling during the dispute. People were always happy to work on his equipment and deal with his people but they didn't want him in the workshop."
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