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Issue No. 311 16 June 2006  

Big Target
Well, he’s finally done it. Opposition leader Kim Beazley has wrestled with his internal doubters and staked his future, and one suspects the next election, on workers rights.


Interview: Rock Solid
Bill Shorten gives the inside story on the Australian Workers Union's involvement in the Beaconsfield rescue.

Industrial: Eight Simple Rules for Employing My Teenage Daughter
Phil Oswald bought up his kids to believe in their rights; so when his 16-year old daughter was told to cop a pay cut she was never going to take it quietly.

Politics: The Johnnie Code
WorkChoices is encrypted deep in the PM's political DNA, writes Evan Jones

Energy: Fission Fantasies
Adam Ma’anit looks at the big business push behind the 'clean nuclear' debate that is sweeping the globe.

History: All The Way With Clarrie O'Shea
The WorkChoices Penal Powers are the latest in a long line of penal sanctions against trade unions, writes Neale Towart

International: Closer to Home
If Australia can forgive its debt to Iraq, why not to Indonesia and the Philippines, write Luke Fletcher and Karen Iles

Economics: Taking the Fizz
While the Treasurer has been popping the post-Budget champers, Frank Stilwell gives a more sober assessment.

Unions: Stronger Together
Amanada Tattersall looks at the possibilities of strengthening alliances between unions, environmental and community organisations

Review: Montezuma's Revenge
Tommy Lee Jones directs and stars in a film about racism and retribution, writes James Gallaway.

Poetry: Fair Go Gone
Employers in the land rejoice, for we are girt by greed.


 Esselte Occasioning Workplace Harm

 Andrews Backs State Laws

 Death Sentence for BHP

 Unions Deliver: Freehills

 No Job is Safe: AIRC

 Klan Backs Jan

 Village People Clean Up

 Dad Heads for Blacktown

 Indonesian Guards Occupy Office

 Qantas Passes the Bucks

 IR Laws a Loser: Lib

 Business Bombs Beazley

 OECD Undercuts Howard

 Leafy Council Rewards Choppers

 High Price Of A Low Wage

 Actvist's What's On!


The Soapbox
The Beaconsfield Declaration
As the Prime Minister feted Brant Webb and Todd Russell, their colleagues were outside with a message to the rest of Australia.

The Locker Room
Run Like You Stole Something
Phil Doyle observes that there are some tough bastards out there.

The Westie Wing
That fun-loving friend of the workers, Ian West, reports from the red leather of the Bear Pit.

Class Action
Phil Bradley draws the lines between education funding and the current skills crisis.

 Lost in the Supermarket
 Career Opportunities
 A Nuclear Error
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Indonesian Guards Occupy Office

More than 150 security officers, illegally sacked over a year ago, are occupying the offices of Securicor Indonesia.

Security guards want their jobs - they won't leave till court orders followed

Recently they won an Indonesian Supreme Court decision that validated their strike and ordered the company to put the workers back on the job.

To expedite the process, security officers showed up for assignment at the company's Jakarta headquarters and haven't left yet.

Lend your support to the Indonesian security guards - send off a protest e-mail today

Top court supports guards claims - Securicor fails to comply

The Indonesian courts have repeatedly supported their claims, most recently the Supreme Court. The Court said that they have the right to return to their jobs and receive back pay.

But Securicor Indonesia has failed to comply. These workers have faced numerous hardships -- some have lost homes, been unable to pay their children's school fees and skipped medical care because they couldn't afford it.

Run out of excuses

"Securicor Indonesia has run out of excuses. The Supreme Court has spoken, and now it's time for Securicor to do the right thing," said Dedy Toisutta, President of the Securicor Indonesia Labor Union, an affiliate of ASPEK Indonesia (Association of Indonesian Labor Unions).

"The highest court in the land has affirmed that these workers must be reinstated and paid the wages they are owed," added the workers' attorney, Ecoline Situmorang of PBHI (Perhimpunan Bantuan Hukum dan Hak Asasi Manusia Indonesia).

"We hope that the company will move immediately to comply with the ruling. If they do not, we will pursue further legal action."

The Indonesian Supreme Court decision was released on 8 June 2006, affirming the 12 January 2006 PTTUN (High Court on State Administrative Affairs) and 29 June 2005 P4P (labor tribunal) decisions supporting the workers' position.

On April 25, 2005, about 500 security guards engaged in a legal strike to demand clarity from the company over whether they would remain permanent employees with the same rights following an international merger between Group 4 Falck and Securicor.

Rather than pay severance or guarantee the workers that their terms of employment would remain the same, the company fired 238 striking workers in the capital Jakarta and a further 24 in Surabaya.

Securicor workers get global support

The Securicor Indonesia workers have received international support throughout its campaign. Their case was just cited in a new report, the International Confederation of Free Trade Union's Annual Survey of Violations of Trade Union Rights 2006, which noted that, the company has engaged in a "campaign of harassment by proxies," including arranging for Toisutta to be tried for a "trumped up charge" of "unpleasant acts."

The company's labor rights violations have also been cited in the U.S. State Department's 2005 Human Rights Report.


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