As soon as you're born they make you feel small By giving you no time instead of it all Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all They hurt you at home and they hit you at school They hate you if you're clever and they despise a fool Till you're so crazy you can't follow their rules When they've tortured and scared you for twenty odd years Then they expect you to pick a career Keep you doped on religion and sex and TV And you think you're so clever and classless and free But you're still peasants as far as I can see There's room at the top they are telling you still But first you must learn how to smile as you kill If you want to be like the folks on the hill If you want to be a hero, well, just follow me — John Lennon 'Working Class Hero'
The Attorney General said today that the LNP government “ will .. establish a Building and Construction Compliance Branch, which will be responsible for industry education about the guidelines and assess tenders for compliance with the code.
“The guidelines will also indirectly apply to private infrastructure projects, as successful tenderers need to demonstrate an ability to manage their industrial relations across all worksites in Queensland.
“This is about ensuring major infrastructure projects such as hospitals and schools can be completed on time and budget without unnecessary disruption or expense to Queenslanders.”
Abigroup used the FairWork Australia Act to enforce contempt charges against Bob Carnegie last year during union attempts to secure an EBA for workers at the Queensland Children’s Hospital Construction site in August and September 2012. The workers won an EBA after nine weeks strike that gutted them financially.
The Newman Government is now seeking feedback on guidelines for the building and construction code of practice to prevent workers from winning similar disputes.
Meanwhile developers are being given open salther by the state government. One angry rtesident at Canon Hill had this to say about the Blue Care Aged care home being built in her suburb:
The Government support big business at any cost! We border this Blue Care site and nothing in our immediate vicinity is over 2 levels high. Now we have 3 and 4 level buildings at our back door. Merrin & Cranston Architects won’t receive our blessings. They have destroyed our enjoyment of our homes, our privacy and our quality of life. We have to protect our property because Blue Care wont. So far in addition to their dirt emmissions their drainage and retaining walls are damaging our properties.
Attorney General, Jarrod Bleijie, said he was concerned by ABS statistics for the September quarter which showed Queensland industrial action accounted for 46 per cent of working days lost to disputes in the country. Queensland is where the majority of attacks against workers are coming from. Also Queensland has big infrastructure projects where workers need protection from cost cutting and safety infringements. For example
“To have almost half of all action coming from Queensland is extremely worrying but when you look at incidents like last year’s Children’s Hospital dispute, it is not surprising,” Mr Bleijie said.
“That dispute alone accounted for an estimated 15,000 work days lost between August and October last year and cost the State Government an estimated $7.4 million.
How is Bob Carnegie who was charged with criminal contempt for supporting the workers in their bid for an EBA, how is he supposed to get a fair trial with this hype from the Attorney General? It was Lend Lease who stepped outside the industrial relations system in the first place by insisting that AbiGroup refuse to sign an EBA with workers at the Queensland Children’s Hospital site (QCH). Lend Lease are going around the country buying up Retirement Villages that have gone bust, so they are in the market when you are born and when you die.
“Queenslanders shouldn’t have their hard-earned taxpayer dollars wasted on disruptions to vital projects because of union militancy…
From Media Statement, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, The Honourable Jarrod Bleijie, Monday, March 04, 2013.Tell them where they can stiock their ‘construction code guidelines’ at http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2013/3/4/feedback-sought-on-construction-code-guidelines
6 March 2013