150 workers at Marrickville Council in Sydney went on strike yesterday after Council decided to privatise green waste collection (Council stink over residents’ green bins, Vikki Campion, The Daily Telegraph, July 8, 2011). Council has hired scabs to replace strikers. It also plans “to ban union officials from council worksites during work times” according to the USU (Marrickville Council Brings In Strike Breakers, Graeme Kelly (USU General Secretary), July 7, 2011).
Marrickville Council is controlled by the Greens.
The Australian Greens believe that:
Australia must have a fair and equitable industrial relations system for all workers.
all people have the right to pursue their well-being in conditions of freedom and dignity, economic security and equal opportunity.
Australia’s future workforce must be highly skilled, highly trained and well paid; the existence of a safety net and the right to collectively bargain are essential to achieving these aims.
working people must receive fair and equitable remuneration for their work.
working people have the right to be involved in decisions about their work.
the right to be a member of a union, to collectively bargain, to collectively withhold labour and collectively organise in the workplace is essential to achieving a sustainable and democratic future.
free, independent and democratic unions are an essential pillar of a civil society.
people have the right to a safe workplace free from occupational hazards.
industrial manslaughter is a crime.
the objectives of profitability and efficiency should not override social and ecological objectives.
effective processes of dispute resolution, including conciliation and arbitration before an independent tribunal are a necessary element in any fair and effective industrial relations system.