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News News Unions rally around the country for rights on site

Construction unions and the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) have rallied around the country today as Construction, Forestry, Mining & Energy Union (CFMEU) member Ark Tribe returned to court in Adelaide. Ark is facing trial under the unfair Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) laws for not telling the ABCC what was discussed at a workplace meeting about safety issues on a construction site in Adelaide.

The Perth rally was attended by an estimated 4000 people. Members rallied in support of Ark as well as over recent workplace deaths in the maritime and construction industries. A dock worker was killed in a workplace accident in Melbourne last Wednesday and a construction worker died in a workplace accident in Adelaide on Friday. The rally was addressed by the partner of a worker who was killed in a workplace accident and all speakers reinforced the message that no-one should be risking their life by going to work. Every worker has a right to a safe workplace and every family has the right to expect their loved ones home safely at the end of a work day.

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