||Issue No. 356||21 December 2006|
Interview: The Terminator
Industrial: Vive La Resistance
Unions: Breaking News
History: Seven Deadly Sins
Economics: Back to the Future
Politics: Organising and Organisations
International: Web Retrospective
Review: Shock Therapy
All the Best
Lift For Unfair Dismissal Campaign
Supporters marked the 100th day of his one-man vigil outside Botany Cranes with a rally on December 14 at which Unions NSW launched a petition for the restoration of unfair dismissal rights.
Unions NSW secretary, John Robertson, opened the campaign with praise for Hemsworth's courage and commitment.
The long-standing union delegate was sacked, after 40 years service, when he objected to Botany Cranes moves to shift OH&S obligations onto individual drivers.
Because the company employed less than 100 people, Hemsworth had no access to unfair dismissal rights.
He and the CFMEU have turned down offers to go away, insisting on full reinstatement.
He says he has been buoyed by public support and has no intention of moving.
"Unfair dismissal rights are basic," he says. "Without them, the whole situation is stacked in favour of employers who want to drive unions out of business.
"They've been given a free hand to take away the livelihood of anyone who stands up for their workmates.
"It's wasn't until I was sitting here that I realised how important that was, and I've had plenty of time to think."
He backed the Unions NSW petition and urged people to sign.
"We know this government isn't interested but it is just as important to keep the pressure on the Labor Party," Hemsworth said.
Hemsworth is taking Christmas off with family and friends and will return to active duties on January 8. Building workers have bought the family a Christmas hamper.
Supporters can visit his picket at 3-5 Excell St, Banksmeadow, or pass their views direct to Botany Cranes at:
Ph 9666 6366; email botanycranes[email protected]; or by fax on 9666 3601.
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