WORKERS and their allies have this week staged a rally outside Sydney Town Hall in support of the right to strike.
The Maritime Union Sydney Branch organised the rally and claimed an attendance of 1000 people.
According to the MUA, the rally assembled at Town Hall and marched to the Fair Work Commission to “protest unfair industrial laws in Australia”.
Sydney MUA branch secretary Paul McAleer said industrial laws were stacked against workers and unions.
“Unions that exercise their right to strike face massive fines and law suits,” Mr McAleer said.
“Wage growth is at historic lows. Employers are tearing up legally binding Enterprise Agreements and locking out workers who try to negotiate better wages and conditions. Construction workers face special laws that try to prevent them from organising.
“Currently, even if you meet stringent conditions and ballot for industrial action in the small window offered by enterprise bargaining, the Fair Work Commission can still rule against your strike like they did to the Sydney train workers, if it is deemed to endanger the welfare of individuals or the population, cause economic damage to the country, or even economic damage to a company or employees.”