Thursday, May 27, 2010

What's going on with Ark Tribe?

During the past month Ark Tribe has travelled across Australia visiting Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane, speaking to groups of workers about his situation and the laws which will have him jailed for 6 months if the ABCC has its way.

The solidarity and support he has received has been incredible and he has been left with no doubt whatsoever that workers and other people throughout this land agree and support the principle stand he has taken against outrageous laws which have no place in a democracy > Read More

ABCC asks ACTU intervene

It's hard to believe and somewhat pathetic, but it seems the ABCC are getting desperate. It was revealed today that the watchdog's commissioner, John Lloyd, has written to the ACTU requesting it intervenes in a construction site dispute in outer Melbourne.

It's alleged that CFMEU members at the new Melbourne wholesale fruit and vegetable markets are running a picket at the site, apparently ignoring Federal Court orders. Whether this be true or not, such a move from the ABCC shows they will go to any lengths to prevent workers taking industrial action, including groveling to the union peak body!

Here at Ark's Tribe we can only surmise that the out of favour Mr Lloyd has lost his direct line to Gillard and is trying his luck elsewhere. Check your letter box Ark, you may just have new mail.

Lloyd tells bosses to "get tough"

Outgoing ABCC boss John Lloyd demonstrates his hatred of unions and workers in this piece in today's Australian. Under the Lloyd-managed anti-worker regime, unions and their members are targetted while bosses are, by and large, given the green light to continue unsafe practices in order to turn a profit.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Three weeks until Ark faces court

In approximately three weeks South Australian construction worker Ark Tribe faces court to find out if he will be the first rank and file worker jailed by the Howard and now Rudd Government's repressive anti-worker task force, the ABCC. There is no doubt that Ark's case has been shaping up as one of the most important in recent industrial relations history and it's up to all of us to stand up for a worker's basic right to safety in the workplace.

Come to Victoria Square at 8.30am on June 15th to stand tall with Ark Tribe, the man who has put himself on the line to stand tall for what is right.

Follow this link to download artwork for an A2 poster which you can print and put up in your workplace and community noticeboards etc.

Let's rally together and fill Victoria Square on June 15th. The voice of the people must be heard on June 15th, 16th & 18th.

Keep an eye out for updates on this blog and via our Twitter feed.