Unions Rally Behind South Australian Construction Worker In Court Today

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Friday, 18 December 2009 


Unions rally behind South Australian construction worker in court today

South Australian workers and their families will gather outside Adelaide Magistrates’ court

today, at 11.30am Friday the 18th of December, in support of local construction worker, Ark

Tribe. A date for Mr Tribe’s trial is expected to be set today.  

Mr Tribe is fighting charges laid against him by the Australian Building and Construction

Commission (ABCC) and will appear before the court on Friday for the fourth time this year. 

He faces a jail sentence of up to six months for allegedly failing to attend a compulsory

interrogation by the ABCC in 2008, and will spend Christmas with the possibility of jail time

hanging over his head.  

CFMEU SA Secretary, Martin O’Malley, who will be standing alongside Mr Tribe in court

today, will be available for a doorstop interview at 11.40am outside the Adelaide

Magistrates’ court, Victoria Square. Mr Tribe is due in court at 11.50am. 

Under the Federal Government’s industrial relations laws, construction workers like Mr Tribe

can be fined up to $22,000 for stopping work or jailed for up to six moths for refusing to

attend or answer questions at secret interrogations.

CFMEU SA Secretary, Martin O’Malley, who will be standing alongside Mr Tribe in court

today, urged the Federal Government to scrap its building industry laws and put an end to

the ABCC. 

“No worker should have to face time behind bars for standing up for their basic rights on site,

like taking a stand for basic safety standards,” Mr O’Malley said.

“This is a particularly difficult situation for Ark Tribe. Going into Christmas he has the

possibility of jail time hanging over his head. That’s a terrible thing for him and his family to

have to deal with.” 

The CFMEU along with other Australian construction workers have launched a Christmas

appeal to the Rudd Government, urging members of the public to send a Christmas card to

the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

Construction unions aim to send Mr Rudd 10,000 Christmas cards, pleading for the abolition

of the ABCC and the restoration of one law for all Australian workers. 

To find out more about the unions’ Christmas appeal please go to


For more information please call Martin O’Malley on 0413 705 100 or Tim Fitzsimmons

(EMC) on 0423 375 522.

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