Ark Tribe case drags on

September 17, 2010
Ark Tribe.

Building worker Ark Tribe appeared before Adelaide magistrates Court for the 11th time on September 13. Several hundred people gathered outside the court to support him.

Tribe faces jail for refusing to speak to the anti-union secret police force, the Australian Building and Construction Commission.

The rally was addressed by local and national trade union leaders. The highlight was Tribe's brief speech. He made it clear this was not just about him but about the right of all workers to organise.

The magistrate heard final submissions and adjourned again until November 3, when, as for every one of his previous court appearances, there will be a rally outside the court and rallies in solidarity around the country.

If Tribe is jailed, there will be industrial action. WA Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union secretary Joe McDonald warned: “If Ark goes in, we go out”.

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