Extreme bush fire smoke and workers’ rights (part 1):

Workers Radio Podcast 24th January

In our first discussion for 2020 Caroline and I start a 3 part series on the unprecedented and extreme bush fires and their implications for workers’ rights.

The core idea is that these bushfires are not an “act of God” and not even a “natural” disaster. What does that mean for the bosses’ right to stand down workers without pay?

We start with comments on the broader context. Then we take a closer look at the Fair Work Act’s rights for employers to stand down workers without pay in such circumstances.

Please listen, comment and share. This core idea is controversial.

And watch out for more to follow.

Author: Don Sutherland

I am a retired left wing and labour movement activist. Before that I worked for a long time in the Australian union movement in union education, Australian and international solidarity and organising. I am also active in Cuban solidarity, the SEARCH FOUNDATION, and promoting discussion, debate and action about green socialism based on workers control and social ownership.