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Issue #1625      February 5, 2014

Letter of solidarity to the CFMEU from the CPA

The following message of solidarity has been sent from the Communist Party of Australia to the national and branch offices of the CFMEU:

Dear Comrades,

The Communist Party of Australia condemns in the strongest possible terms the attacks being carried out by the federal government and the corporate media on the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU).

The Abbott government clearly has unfinished business in the area of industrial relations and, like the Howard Government before it, is targeting the stronger and more militant sections of the Australian labour movement. Its aim is to rid workplaces of trade unions and to give employers a free hand to smash wages and working conditions.

The attack on your union is part of the wider employer offensive against the working class, in which democratic rights and the social wage – education, health services and other public services – are under attack.

The building and construction industry is riddled with corruption, but it is not the trade unions or their members who are corrupt. They are the ones who bare the brunt of corrupt and criminal conduct of the big corporations, their collusion with governments in the pursuit of maximising profits.

We know your members work in the most demanding and dangerous of conditions, with an average of one worker per week not going home to their family, and many thousands more seriously injured.

Abbott Government is not interested in jailing those responsible for industrial manslaughter or ensuring workers receive their legal entitlements. Instead, it is hell bent on a witch-hunt of those defending workers’ rights.

The Communist Party of Australia stands squarely beside the CFMEU at this time of despicable attack and vilification. We pledge our solidarity with the CFMEU and workers in the building and construction industry.

An injury to one is an injury to all!

In unity,

Bob Briton
General Secretary – Communist Party of Australia

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