The Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard has warned unions they are not above the law as she prepares to visit the Pilbara following industrial unrest earlier this year.
Ms Gillard is planning to visit Woodside’s Pluto LNG project in Karratha tomorrow for the first time since an illegal, week-long strike by about 1,600 workers who were angry at new accommodation arrangements.
Employees returned to work after the project contractor obtained Federal Court injunctions.
Although unions denied any involvement in the strike, Ms Gillard has blamed them for unduly influencing the workers.
“There are some individuals in this state who aren’t respecting the balance of the Fair Work Act.
“And, if you don’t acquit your responsibilities then you should expect to feel the full force of the law.”
Ms Gillard says the government will not tolerate illegal strikes even if WA unions have made it clear they are willing to defy the orders of Fair Work Australia.
“It certainly is a message for Mr Reynolds, Mr Macdonald and every person in the state of Western Australia.
“We have got no tolerance for people who seek to break the rules.”
Ms Gillard is also expected to fly to Barrow Island to inspect the site of the $43 billion Gorgon Gas project.