Date: Wed, 18 Jun 97 09:05:43 CDT
From: rich@pencil (Rich Winkel)
Subject: Western Australia: labour laws violate ILO conventions
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Western Australia: labour laws violate ILO conventions
From the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU)
166/970617/TN (17 June 1997)
Brussels, June 17 (ICFTU OnLine): The secretariat of
International Labour Organisation (ILO), a Geneva-based UN body,
has released an opinion stating that the harsh new labour laws in
Western Australia contain several breaches of ILO Freedom of
Association conventions which Australia has ratified.
The new laws effectively stop unions from functioning properly
and deny workers the right to strike. Union officials are banned
from talking to non-union members at work, and heavy penalties
are set for even minor breaches of the legislation.
Unions in the state capital Perth have asked to meet the
government to help bring the laws into line with ILO standards,
and the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) is prepared to
consider a formal complaint to the ILO if the government refuses
to change its hard-line position.
Meanwhile, Perth unions continue their vigil outside the State's
Parliament at a "Workers' Embassy", despite government threats to
remove them from the site.
More information, including a copy of the ILO opinion, is
available on the state ACTU branch website at:
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