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SA Workers Close Building Industry


SA Construction Workers yesterday successfully closed down the industry for the sixth time in 5 weeks with more strike action looming over the next few weeks.

The strike achieved near 100% compliance with all major sites and most small and medium sites lying idle.

"The CBA 2000 campaign is going strong. Construction workers fully supported the stop work Meetings and strike days. Only a handful of workers were found today breaking the strike and they left the site as soon as the issues were explained to them." Said CFMEU Construction Secretary Martin O'Malley.

"There is no doubt" O'Malley said "that some Employers are intimidating workers with threats of dismissal and loss of future income to break the strike. The vast majority of workers are holding fast".

O'Malley said the dispute was about equity. He argued that if it was good enough for judges and politicians to have inter-state parity, then it was good enough for construction workers.

"Every State in Australia including Victoria will have an agreement and South Australian workers will be missing out. We are being treated as the poor cousins, expected to cop a sub standard agreement. Our claim is a fair and reasonable claim and CFMEU members are determined to win" he said.


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In this issue
Features
*  Interview: The New President
At the end of her first week in the job, new ACTU President Sharan Burrow trades emails with Workers Online.
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*  Health: Making Sense of Medicare
Nurses lift the lid on the Medicare myths as they shape up for a major national campaign.
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*  Unions: Bush Bashing
The Finance Sector Union is taking to the road to pressure the government to impose community service obligations on banks.
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*  Politics: The French Connection
While Victorian building unions are seeking a 36 hour week, Eurpoean nations like France are taking a more communcal approach to working time.
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*  Economics: Mutual Obligation
New statistics show that an increasing number of people are volunteering to contribute to the community.
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*  History: Living Library - Part II
More on the rich labour history that is housed within the walls of Sydney's Mitchell Library.
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*  International: Russian Revolution
Russian trade unions are calling for the revision of a draft Labour Code, against the backdrop of Presidential elections.
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*  Review: Casino Royale
Laurie Aaron's new book is sparking a lively debate about how a progressive agenda can be adapted to the challenges of globalisation.
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*  Satire: Chop ‘em Up and Stick ‘em in Acid”
The West Australian Government is poised to pass Pakistani-style sentencing laws.
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News
»  Workers Demand Internet Access to Organise
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»  ILO Condemns Australian Labor Laws
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»  Flying Doctor Grounds Aussie Jobs
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»  Bank-Bulance Hits the Road
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»  April Deadline on Olympics Pay Claim
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»  Pressure Builds on Stellar Contract
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»  Shares Plummets But Rio Bosses Get Millions
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»  Nurses to Launch Medicare Campaign
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»  Action Boosts Wages for Disabled Workers
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»  SA Workers Close Building Industry
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»  Political Economy for Activists
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»  Workers to Set the Tunes for Dili Streets
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»  OBITUARY - George Petersen (1921-2000)
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Columns
»  The Soapbox
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»  Sport
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»  Trades Hall
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»  Tool Shed
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Letters to the editor
»  An Open Letter to Ansett
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»  Moved by Wal's Life Story
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»  The Problem With Mandatory Sentencing
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