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indonesia / philippines / australia | workplace struggles | news report Friday December 05, 2008 19:07 by Ablokeimet (MACG) - Anarkismo macg1984 at yahoo dot com dot au
If we're to win this struggle, it can only be through mass non co-operation, backed up by strikes if necessary, and by not holding back for the benefit of the Labor Party. It remains to be seen if the officials have the commitment they were putting on display this week.
On the morning of Tuesday 2 December, about 5000 protesters assembled outside the offices of the Australian Building & Construction Commission (ABCC) in St Kilda Rd, Melbourne. About 80% were CFMEU members (construction unionists), most of whom had walked off the job illegally, while most of the rest were members of other unions coming in organised detachments.. We were there to celebrate the dropping of the charges against Noel Washington, a union organiser, who was being prosecuted for refusing to attend an interview with the ABCC, and to demand the abolition of the ABCC itself. The Director of Public Prosecutions had dropped the charges only days beforehand, on a technicality that is usually overlooked.