Aussie employment laws threaten to jail workers

IR Twins 107 Western Australian building workers face jail and personal fines of up to $28,600. The workers are being prosecuted for taking part in industrial action in support of a sacked health and safety representative. The Australian Government claims the strike was illegal and therefore, under its new employment laws, the individual employees can be charged and fined up to $28,600 each.

The individual workers stand to lose their family homes and everything they’ve worked for if the Government’s prosecution succeeds. Their first appearance in court was this week. You can support the West Australian workers here (ACTU) and here (Labourstart).

Story from the ACTU.

(Thanks to Devar for the photo)

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