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What's On

  • Next delegates meeting Tuesday 5 February 5.30pm
  • 1st Wednesday of the month is the Electrical Trade Union Geelong Branch members meeting. Gheringhap St. Office at 5.00pm.
  • 3rd Wednesday of the month the Plumbers Union members meeting is 5.00pm at Geelong Trades Hall.
  • Last Wednesday of the month at 12 noon the CFMEU shop stewards meet at the CFMEU office on Fyans St.
  • Every Thursday night at 6.00pm. Geelong Trades Hall Choir rehearsal. All members welcome. 127 Myers Street. Geelong.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Rights On Site Campaign Call

Dear Rights on Site supporter,

Would a $22,000 fine stop you from speaking up about your rights at work?Charlie Isaacs thought he had landed the job of a lifetime on the Perth to Mandurah rail link project. After a few months on the job, he joined his co-workers to protest the unfair sacking of their union delegate. Charlie and his workmates were then slugged with massive fines for taking industrial action.Construction workers can be fined $22,000 if they stop work, even over serious safety concerns or if their wages aren't paid. These unfair laws need urgently to be repealed by the Federal Labor Government.Add your name to our petition here!:

Now is the moment to speak out because we know the Prime Minister is listening. The Rights on Site Campaign was launched on August 25 with a big run of ads on TV. We have had lots of media coverage but we now need to take your voice to the decision makers in Canberra.Will you help us get 5200 people to sign a petition in the next two weeks? We chose the number 5200 because that will represent 100 signatures for every construction worker that is, on average, killed from work related incidents or illnesses in the industry each year. You can add your name and find out more about the campaign here

In a few weeks' time, a delegation of construction workers will be travelling to Canberra to give your petition to the Prime Minister. We'll let you know how it goes!

Thanks for helping, Jeff Lawrence, Dave Noonan, Peter Tighe, Earl Sedges, Paul Howes, Dave Oliver and the rest of the Rights on Site Campaign Team.p.s Click here to see the new video of Charlie telling his story