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Sunday, 18 August 2013

Ark's Story

Australia will be holding a federal election on 7 September and opinion polls currently put the right wing Liberal-National coalition in the lead. This is an ominous prospect for trade unionists as the Tony Abbot led opposition has made clear its intentions to attack representation at work.

In 2008 when Ark Tribe pointed out safety issues on a construction site in Adelaide, the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) demanded he appear at a secret interrogation. When Ark couldn't be bullied into talking about the union meeting called to demand greater safety, he was charged by ABCC and dragged through the courts.

If elected, Tony Abbott has promised the Coalition will return the ABCC to the height of its powers, and make it harder to be represented at work.