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IR Bill: links update #4

By Margo Kingston
Created 16/11/2005 - 05:19

National community day of protest

Webdiarist Tony Phillips reports: "At the march the organisers estimated over 150,000. Certainly was at least that since 6 city blocks is usually around 100,000 in Melbourne and the March stretched over at least 8 with people still leaving Fed square after people had been arriving at Exhibition gardens for over 20 minutes. Here are some photos I took." Thanks Tony!

Melb Rally

More photos from Tony, and from Webdiarist Polly Bush below. Make comment on the rallies in your area and send photos [1] to Webdiary.

Thousands protest against IR laws
ABC Online, 15 Nov 2005
Hundreds of thousands of people have joined protests across Australia vowing to fight against new workplace laws.
Police say more than 100,000 people gathered for the main rally in Melbourne, which was broadcast across the country.
Unions expect crowds at rallies in more than 300 cities around the country to reach 500,000. - http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200511/s1506727.htm [2]

Three workers sacked for attending IR rally: union
ABC Online, 15 Nov 2005
A union claims a shipping company has sacked three workers in north Queensland for attending today's rally against the Federal Government's industrial relations changes - http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200511/s1506775.htm [3]

Hospitality industry welcomes IR changes at inquiry
ABC Online, 15 Nov 2005
Businesses in the hospitality industry have emerged as some of the strongest supporters of the Federal Government's industrial relations changes. - http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200511/s1506747.htm [4]

Public servants warned off mass workers' rally
SMH, November 15, 2005
The Federal Government has warned its workforce of 120,000 not to attend today's mass rallies against its tough industrial relations legislation, circulating memos that public servants will be breaking the law even if they take a day of annual leave to protest. - http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2005/11/14/1131951098987.html [5]

Union vows legal action against Govt's rally leave advice
ABC Online, 15 Nov 2005
The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) says it will take legal action against the Federal Government over leave advice for today's rallies. - http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200511/s1506651.htm [6]

PM plan to strip nation bare: Burrow
The Australian, November 15, 2005
AUSTRALIANS would not let the next generation of workers inherit an industrial system stripped bare by the Howard Government, the ACTU has told 50,000 workers rallying in Melbourne.
ACTU president Sharan Burrow said today's national day of action showed workers in every corner of Australia would fight the Howard government's industrial reforms.
They would fight because they knew the changes would rob Australia of its great way of life, she told the cheering crowd. - http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,17251703%255E1702,00.html [7]

Sickies banned for IR protest
Courier Mail, November 15, 2005
THE Federal Government has tried to ban employees from protesting against its workplace reforms and is urging department managers to demand medical certificates if employees call in sick.
Several companies have also applied to have protest attendance ruled illegal, enabling them to fine workers or even sue. -http://www.thecouriermail.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,17251131%255E421,00.html [8]

Della Bosca likens changes to fascism
The Australian, November 15, 2005, Patricia Karvelas
BUSINESS leaders were simply not interested in the workplace reforms of the Howard Government, NSW Industrial Relations Minister John Della Bosca claimed yesterday.
Mr Della Bosca told the Senate inquiry into the Work Choices legislation that, contrary to claims of employer representatives, the vast majority of businesses in his state were happy with the current system, describing the Howard Government's plans as "fascistic". - http://origin.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,17248746%255E2702,00.html [9]

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IR Protest
Mi Casio Es Su Casio
Of course, I won't be in the office tomorrow.
On Tuesday 15 November, hundreds of thousands of Australians will gather in capital cities and towns all over the country for the National Day of Community Protest against the government's draconian IR laws. A Sky Channel broadcast of the event will be beamed into hundreds of workplaces and community venues around Australia. Community Protest rallies will be held in all major capital cities and regional centres. - http://mdieter.blogspot.com/2005/11/ir-protest.html [10]

They were there

More photos from Tony Philips

. Melb Rally Melb Rally

Webdiarist Polly Bush was also on the Melbourne streets with her camera.

Melb Rally

Syd Rally

Webdiarist Brian Todd sends these images (the one above and three below) from Sydney. Thanks Brian!

Syd Rally

Syd Rally

Syd Rally

Webdiary photographer Simon Freeman took these shots at the Sydney rally.

photo by Simon Freeman

photo by Simon Freeman

photo by Simon Freeman

photo by Simon Freeman

photo by Simon Freeman

photo by Simon Freeman


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