Following a meeting at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre, hundreds of union delegates marched through central Melbourne to the Treasury Gardens and past government buildings, proclaiming their contempt for the Howard/Abbott campaign of union bashing, and opposition to the same government’s war on Iraq. In the words of Victorian Trades Hall Council secretary Leigh Hubbard, the [Cole] report is an expensive union-bashing exercise and unionists will resist any attempt to reduce workers’ conditions or entitlements.
“John Howard’s war on workers. He’s not only overseas waging a war which is in our view unjustified, he’s waging a war here at home on workers and that’s certainly a message we’ll be trying to get across over the next few weeks and months.”
The general opinion of Tony Abbott was obviously low:
and both he and Howard were repeatedly told in very plain terms where to put the Cole report:
Further evidence of the Greens’ support – Senator Kerry Nettle addressing the gathering at the end:
It was not just building workers, but a wide range of unionists had answered the call as well: