||Issue No. 123||21 December 2001|
The Unmaking of History
International: Global Year in Review
Unions: A Year at the Barricades
Technology: Unions Online 2001
Republic: Terror Australis
Economics: 2001: Annus Horribilis
Campaign Diary: Melanie and Me
Politics: Tony Moore's Final Word
Review: You Are the Weakest Program
Legal: The New McCarthyism
The Locker Room
The First Bastion
Tom Collins' Christmas Wish
Letters to the Editor
The First Bastion
Why are they are quiting the ALP?
Leaving the grass roots far behind. Thats Why.
DO NOT FORGET THE LESSONS OF HISTORY PAID IN BLOOD
* Hitler.To businessmen he promised that he would control the Trade Unions.
* Hitler says the German Trade Unions are the core of his opponents.
* Mr Howard has recently made it clear that workplace reform is his proudest
achievement ranking even more highly in his mind than tax reform
The ALP leadership will not survive if it turns its back on the Trade Unions.
The ALP is heading for an eventual split unless it reforms its internal practices.
* It has often been remarked that the Trades Union Movement, where it does not go hand in hand with an independent political movement, democracy fails and tyrants rule.
* Wage earners are in need of the foundation afforded by a powerful Trades Union Movement. Without a sound Trade Union Movement and genuine democratic political representation then exploitation increases and democracy takes a step backwards.
* Without democracy within Trade Unions and Labour Political Parties any independent labor movement would be impossible, and the labor aristocracy organized in trades unions and Social Democratic Parties would be chained most tightly to the employers and forced on by its own interest to help the advancement of employer politics at home and abroad.
Trade Unions and political power exercised in the interests of workers for effective use for protective laws are fundamental if deterioration of working conditions are to be avoided.
Democracy should be able to rely upon a numerous army of organized trades unionists, on which rest the deepest and firmest roots of its power. Any Labour Party that ignores this will stagnate and perish.
The Trade Union Movement is the first bastion of a Democratic Society.
Mr I Ferguson
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