|Issue No 107||17 August 2001|
Well in some ways it proved my point appearing in its unspelt form my hot headed response to a middle class letter going right over the heads of most workers put me in my place and highlighted the view ,what in the hell s this bloke doing on our page?.
Any night you may find me late home spending hours compiling reports to the rank and file I serve and sending e mails to many different places.
Then home to my own PC to print out what I can distribute from this page to the rank and file.
About 60 hour weeks , I am no saint , no middle class dreamer for workers rights , my union fights for and ensures we get those rights.
Its more what unions or some of the members of some of them are not doing that concerns me,reith is a rude word in my house , he could not rely on the water in my bladder to help should he catch on fire, but I owe it to my union and everyone's union to tell him so in a decent manner.
Kicking the hell out of his car?are we mad? My solidarity is not for such half witted acts that damage the whole movement and our great white hope the federal ALP.
People who should be in unions are not ,they see us all in this light.
The left has often done extremely well be the movement as a whole , and got plenty of support when needed but this is a crime against the workers , its bloody stupid, and a betrayal.
Unions need to use the net, promote it in the ranks, every delegate should always sell his union always be on duty and on display as a trade unionist act like one always.
My union cut ties with Carrs Fifedom over workcover we stood for the most Important people in the world ,workers.
In truth I challenge weakness in others we should be solid now make the battle shorter, next ALP conference will see more VW,s parked near the town hall , motions to free the mice from rat traps will flood the floor.
Shirts showing the very best of the communist world [ dead ones] will be on show but is it good for the workers?.
This poorly educated worker knows we too must change to survive, we must get on board a third way stay solid with workers but think a bit more like the 78%who are not yet union members.
I cannot spell, wear singlets, say what I think rather to honestly, but I know and have proved service gets members , my workplace went from 70%membership [ a government department ] back to 100%and will stay there.
Three magic words get union members ,service, service service.
And buy your own, I cant offered Chardonnay
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