||Issue No. 322||01 September 2006|
Justice, Applied Liberally
Interview: Australia’s Most Wanted
Industrial: The Fox and the Contractor
Unions: Industrial Wasteland
International: Two Bob's Worth
Economics: National Interest
Environment: The Real Dinosaur
History: Only In Spain?
Review: Clerk Off
Building Workers Spooked
Workers Online understands some of the 107 construction workers charged with striking illegally, in support of a sacked delegate, recognised two Building Industry Commission officers, at the rally, dressed in “Howard Out” t-shirts.
WA CFMEU secretary, Kevin Reynolds, said his union was investigating the claims.
"We have heard those reports but we are not making any comments," Reynolds said. "They may have been there to support us, although it seems doubtful.
"We wouldn't be surprised by anything these people did. However, we believe you should have hard evidence before make you make allegations against people."
The Commission has been given sweeping coercive powers and a multi-million budget to push Canberra's anti-building worker campaign.
Its predecessor, the Building Industry Taskforce, secretly recorded people at work and its methods were criticised by judges in the Supreme and Federal courts.
Former Taskforce boss and Commission 2-I-C, former federal policeman Nigel Hadgkiss, laid charges that could result in $28,600 fines against 107 rank and file workers from the Perth-Mandurah rail project.
The Taskforce asked the court to force all defence summaries to be filed within a fortnight and for the ability to undertake substituted services. It claims it still can't find more than 30 of the people it wants to charge.
Justice Nicholson adjourned the case until November 1.
Last Tuesday's court appearances sparked widespread defiance of federal anti-strike laws.
Between 2000-3000 supporters rallied in Perth while thousands more marched in Sydney, Melbourne, Wollongong and Newcastle.
Internet solidarity campaigns have been overwhelmed by supporters from Australia and overseas.
The UK-based LabourStart website reported 3800 messages of support for the Perth 107 within 72 hours. Site operators said large numbers of messages were being received from Norway, Canada, Ireland, the UK, US and New Zealand.
Meanwhile, a solidarity site being operated by the ACTU achieved its target of 5000 messages within 48 hours of going online. The ACTU extended its target to 6000 and had recorded 5450 message, complete with email addresses, last Thursday.
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