Rally is just the start of our fight

By LYNDAL GAWEN MORE than 3500 people spilled out of the grandstand at Rockhampton's Callaghan Park Racecourse to watch the Australian Council of Trade Union's nationwide vido linkup of a rally in Melbourne yesterday.

As Prime Minister John Howard's industrial relations Bill passed through the House of Representatives and had its three readings with next to no discussion, the rally took the position that the Bill will be law.

Calling the process and contents of the IR Bill "abuses of the democratic rights of this country,'' ACTU secretary, Greg Combet said: "We will hold the Government accountable.''

Queensland Council of Unions Rockhampton president Glenda Ross, who spoke at yesterday's rally, said this was just the beginning of the campaign to overturn the coming IR laws.

"We will continue to fight until we get rid of this Government and the laws.



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