|Issue No 100||29 June 2001|
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No Chance To Party
This was meant to have been a week of celebration. But in the tradition of the trade union movement, it's probably appropriate we bring you the 100th of Workers Online from the midst of a struggle.
The current fight over workers compensation entitlements in NSW has forced many in both the industrial and political wings of the labour movement to search their souls and ask themselves what it is they stand for.
In the heat of the battle, there's been some interesting charges being leveled against the Labor Council - that we almost led to the fall of the Carr Government, even that we have put Kim Beazley's election chances at risk.
It's as if the union movement is the aggressor in this dispute - that for some unknown reason it has taken it upon itself to attack the ALP.
This, of course, misses the fundamental point that it is Carr and Della Bosca who are doggedly pushing ahead with laws that reduce worker rights oblivious to trade union opposition.
It is Carr and Della Bosca who risk losing the Labor heartland by trampling over their rights and treating their elected trade union representatives with contempt.
The question is not: how far will the unions push Labor on the issue? It should be: how far are Carr and Della Bosca prepared to push the unions?
These master political strategists have positioned the union movement so they must choose between the health of the ALP and the interests of their membership.
And in the lead-up to a federal ballot, some media commentators are now setting the scene for the union movement to be asked to roll over for the sake of a Beazley Labor Government.
Too often in the past, trade unions have been seen by their members to choose the health of the ALP of their interests - on the grounds that a Labor Government is better than the alternative.
In doing so, unions have lost the trust of many of its members - or more pertinently, former members. In an era where trade unions need to stand together with their rank and file to survive, the leadership can not walk away from their members this time around.
So if the folk in Canberra are beginning to get nervous about the federal consequences of a dispute that is not going to go away, they should start calling Carr and Della Bosca and telling them to back off their radical agenda.
In the meantime, may the struggle continue! Enjoy the 100th issue - apart from the all the latest unfiltered WorkCover news we have some spot-on features from some of our best contributors - Hester, Casey, McGrath and Cahill.
Thanks to them and everyone else who has contributed to our first 100 issues.
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