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Show your support - sign on! Defend Dave Kerin, Union Solidarity Coordinator Faces 6 Months Jail

Dear Supporters

1. Union Solidarity: Extraordinary Meeting.
2. Union Solidarity Coordinator Faces 6 months jail.


1. Union Solidarity will hold an extraordinary meeting to discuss the situation facing Dave Kerin.

6pm Wednesday May 7
Trade Halls (follow the signs to meeting room)
Lygon St Carlton
(All welcome)


2. Union Solidarity Coordinator Faces 6 months jail.

Union Solidarity Coordinator Dave Kerin is now facing up to 6 months jail for supporting striking workers at Boeing.

The Australian Workplace Ombudsman has issued Dave with a "Notice to produce documents" [see attachment] in relation to the recent strike at Boeing. Dave is being asked to supply a government agency with all information and documents concerning Union Solidarity, the AMWU and rank & file members by May 8. Basically Dave is being asked to "rat", he wont.

Union Solidarity will not comply with laws and government agencies whose sole purpose is to prevent workers having the ability to strike and organise. In the last election the Australian people voted overwhelming to get rid of anti-union laws, Union Solidarity operates within the spirit of that intention!

We are asking you to indicate your public support for Dave Kerin and Union Solidarity.

Online:
Please go here and indicate your public support for Dave Kerin and Union Solidarity. At a later date we will publish the names (but not phone numbers) to show the Workplace Ombudsman how much support Dave Kerin has within the movement.

Download for printing:


Messages of support for Dave Kerin can be sent to Dave: defenddave@unionsolidarity.org

Yours in Solidarity

Union Solidarity.

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Margarita Windisch | May 06, 2008

Union Solidarity Coordinator Dave Kerin is now facing up to six months jail for supporting striking workers at Boeing, in Melbourne

The dispute recently ended in a victory for the workers.

Despite this, the Australian Workplace Ombudsman has issued Dave Kerin with a “Notice to produce documents” in relation to the strike. Dave is being asked to supply a government agency with all information and documents concerning Union Solidarity, the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union and rank-and-file members by May 8.

Basically Dave Kerin is being asked to “rat”. He won't.

Why is the Workplace Ombudsman pursuing Kerin after the dispute has been settled and Boeing itself has no interest in pursuing him? It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that the Ombudsman wants to break Union Solidarity, which played an important role in the struggle against the Howard government’s hated Work Choices legislation.

Union Solidarity has said that it will not comply with the laws and those government agencies whose sole purpose is to prevent workers having the ability to organise to defend their interests.

In the last election the Australian people voted overwhelming to get rid of anti-union laws—Union Solidarity operates within the spirit of that sentiment.

The Socialist Alliance fully supports Dave Kerin in his stand and is asking workers and unionists to indicate their public support for Dave Kerin and Union Solidarity.

Go the following link:
http://www.unionsolidarity.org/irnews/2008/05/defend-dave-kerin.html

Messages of support for Dave Kerin can be sent to:
defenddave@unionsolidarity.org

For interviews contact: Margarita Windisch 0438 869 790


Email melbourne@socialist-alliance.org Web www.socialist-alliance.org

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