Ark Tribe

Australian Workers Film Guide


A short campaign video highlighting the excessive power of the Australian Building Construction Commission (ABCC), which was established by the Howard Government to strictly control workplace relations in the construction industry. The video profiles Ark Tribe, a 47 year old construction worker currently facing prosecution and 6 months imprisonment over a safety issue at a Flinders University construction site and his subsequent refusal to attend an interview with the ABCC. Instead of addressing the safety concerns of workers on the site, project management called the police when the union representative attempted to enter the workplace. The powers of the ABCC are said to exceed that of the police, with workers denied the right to silence or the choice of a lawyer to accompany them when facing interrogation. Ark Tribe now faces imprisonment for raising safety concerns on the job.

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Author: J Bird, 2023

Duration: 3 mins 54 secs

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