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.
This is a frightening prospect -- Abbott's promise to return these extreme powers to the ABCC is just the tip of the iceberg and he will stop at nothing to make it harder for all Australians to be represented at work. A Coalition Government will introduce stricter reporting rules and higher penalties for unions, and establish an attack dog body to enforce these changes -- making it as hard as possible for unions.
There's only a few weeks standing between us and an election that could radically limit our representation at work. We need your help to make sure that doesn't happen. Volunteer now by filling in the form on the right -- we'll be in touch to ask how you can help!