||Issue No. 330||27 October 2006|
Fair Weather Friends
Interview: Cowboys and Indians
Industrial: Seven Deadly Sins
Unions: The IT Factor
Politics: Bargain Basement
Environment: An Inconvenient Hoax
Corporate: Two Sides
International: Unfair Dismissals
History: A Stitch in Time
Review: The Wind that Shakes the Barley
Community Volunteers for Heavy Lifting
Botany Cranes sent Hemsworth packing nearly two months ago when he opposed a move to shift health and safety responsibilities onto individual employees.
Botany Cranes moved under Under WorkChoices provisions that exempt companies with less than 100 employees from having to justify sackings.
Hemsworth has been keeping his own vigil in a shed outside the company gates for the past 52 days.
The threat of heavy fines and prosecution under new industrial rules means the CFMEU can do little in the workplace to bring the rogue employer to heel.
But the company is facing growing community opposition, with three early morning blockades in as many weeks swelling Barry's one man Banksmeadow protest.
Organised through community network, Worker Solidarity, hundreds of workers, students and concerned members of the public have tried to blockade cranes from being dispatched to building sites around the city.
The tactic has spooked the owners of the multi-million dollar company into moving cranes out of the yard in the dead of night and parking them at secret locations around the suburbs.
The parking could land the company heavy fines if they attract the attention of council rangers.
With plans for a larger public rally and a community forum, Worker Solidarity's Rose Jackson told Workers Online that the campaign had only just started.
"There's been a great response with many people turning up as early as 5am to take action. We've got a really clear message for management at Botany Cranes: Give Barry back his job," she said.
"Barry appreciates the support and the company is feeling the pressure, having to secretly move the cranes out in the middle of the night."
"We're also telling business and the government that the community oppose these unfair workplace laws and are prepared to take action to defend our rights at work," she said.
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