The right to strike is a vital right to ensure wages and conditions for workers. Australians wages have stagnated and the ability to take strike action is the surest way to be able to win an increase in wages. Even the Reserve Bank Governor says workers need to rise up and demand better pay and conditions.
With the train drivers strike in NSW being blocked by the “Fair Work” Commission, it seems like the right to strike in Australia is effectively dead. This has been highlighted by the International Labour Organisation last year, and it is claimed that Australia has some of the most restrictive laws when it comes to striking in the democratic world.
Most of the pay and conditions we enjoy today have been won through industrial action such as the train strike. Without the right to withdraw labour over pay and conditions, workers are effectively in a position of servitude.
I propose that we support the right to strike and that we support unions right to organise in the work place. The exact details can be worked out by a PDC working group if people generally agree.