||Issue No. 315||14 July 2006|
Give Truth A Chance
Interview: The Month Of Living Dangerously
Unions: Staying Mum
Economics: Precious Metals
Industrial: The Cold 100
History: The Vinegar Hill Mob
Legal: Free Agents
Politics: Under The Influence
International: How Swede It Was
Review: Keating's Men Slam Dance on Howard
The Locker Room
Howard vs World
Tough as ABC
WA Safety Rep On Mission
Mal Peters has seen delegates and safety reps sacked around him as employers and the federal government went flat out to claim scalps for draconian new powers bestowed on John Howard's building industry police force.
The campaign culminated with Peters and 106 colleagues being charged by the Building Industry Commission with defying orders that forbade them taking any industrial action whatsoever.
They struck for 12 days, after job delegate Peter Ballard was summarily dismissed by the Leightons Kumaigi consortium.
"It's like World War Two over here," Peters told Workers Online. "The guys are shell shocked but they are standing together.
"It's been a non-stop campaign of intimidation.
"One safety rep went away on holiday and found he had been replaced when he got back. A tunneler who raised a safety issue was moved out of the tunnel to the far end of the job.
"They sacked another good bloke who stood up for his mates, Charlie Isaac, and then they sacked Peter when the new laws came in.
"I have already had two written warnings and I know they are after me but somebody has to stand up and tell the truth."
Peters said when agents for the Building Industry Commission started delivering writs to homes, late at night, workers were shattered.
"They thought they had weeded out all the staunch guys but nobody is going to put up with this, not in Australia," he said. "Blokes are really arcing up.
"When we went back to work, months ago, Leightons promised not to pursue legal action and they haven't. These writs, and the threats to people's homes, are the government's doing."
Peters and his wife, Bernie, will speak at union and public meetings in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane over the next two weeks.
Dates and venues were being finalised as Workers Online published.
Final details should be available from state branches of the CFMEU, or peak union bodies.
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