||Issue No. 147||09 August 2002|
A Call to Action
Interview: Save Our Souls
Unions: Rats With Wings
Bad Boss: If The Boot Fits
History: Political Bower Birds
International: No More Business as Usual
Corporate: The Seven Deadly Sins of Capitalism
Review: Prepare To Bend
Satire: Bush Boosts Sharemarket Confidence: Shares his Cocaine Stash
The Locker Room
Week in Review
Workers on Film
A dead body is found in the cold room at the Wasworth Hotel.
The cause and time of death are not known.
It's the summer holiday season of 2013. Everyone who can afford to has fled the greenhouse heat and freeway fuelled Sydney smog. The Brogden government, now in its third term, corporatised the coroner's office back in 2004.
The NSW Police Service has surrendered most of the CBD to private security firms. The security firm, Chup, has little interest the paperwork and additional costs involved, let alone the negative publcity for the hotel should the dead body be found a murder victim.
So cause of death is explained as an accident. He fell over and knocked himself unconscious, and because he was working night shift the body was not found until the following day.
But the LHMU organiser Jade Bandara knows there is more to the death of Fred Power - who happened to be the Wasworth Hotel's union delegate - than meets the eye.
And when he receives an envelope in the mail sent by Fred [fight the] Power the day before his mysterious death and then reads in the Australia Financial Review that the Wasworth Hotel is about to be sold to the property developer, Harry Ugliboth - to be concerted into luxury apartments - he begins to learn of the extend to which corporate Australia will go to keep the union away from its money making plans.
What follows is a suspense thriller exposing murder, blackmail, sexual intrigue [of course!] and the union busting antics of the Australian capitalists at its worst. The story follows Jade as he pieces together the mystery of the murder of the union delegate Fred Power. His investigations eventually see Jade bring down the Brogden government and see the jailing of Harry Ugliboth.
Our hero Jade saves, unites and unionises all the workers at the Wasworth Hotel, and saves their jobs by blocking the Hotels conversion into apartments, convincing the NSW Labor Council to buy the hotel for use as a CBD based Yoga, meditation and union delegate training Centre.
Court room doco - title: "the truth? you can't handle the truth!"
Set: the cole royal commission into the building industry.
I don't need to write the script - the sydney morning herald + daily telegraph have already written it!!!
About A Boy
Brian parker - a union head kicker fighting corruption across the city. Gets death threats every day - but one day gets a death threat from queen Elizabeth herself. Why??? Sparkles (there's a sub plot about how he got the name sparkles - also about his nick name "Hollywood") had shut down a refurbishment job on the governor general's residence.
The whole world trade union movement goes into bat for sparkles. It's an international scandal. The media is going crazy and the queen ends up getting the sack. The first time in history that the queen has been given the sack.
Film called: the day god didn't save this queen - long live sparkles
Grapes of Sloth
Set on a cherry farm at picking season.
About the various groups of workers, their conflicts amongst themselves and with the boss and management.
Focus on the different groups of people and their vulnerabilities to exploitation and injury.
Local retired couples taking cash in hand to supplement paltry pension payments. Local youth without permanent employment, who rotate from local casual jobs, rouseabouts, working in supermarket, pub. Professional pickers, back packers
Union involvement - attempts to unionise, hostility from professional pickers (who are at a financial advantage over beginners and don't want award rates enforced - disinterest from tourists, fear of penalty from old folks.
- Reliance of local community on transient employment and their inevitable exploitation
- Injury of one of the retired couples, unable to claim workers' comp because not on the books. Thrown off the property.
- Tension between professional pickers and back packers and unions
- Sexual assault of female back packer by station manager. Complains and is put on a bus out of town.
The Fall of the Empire
How about a movie on the "Fall Of The Trade Union Empire".
A sad sags of how in less than 10 years ,the child of the Trade Union Movement , being the Australian Labor Party , not only committed matricide , but then proceeded to cannibalise its victim.
How in less than 10 years ; 100 years of comradeship was betrayed by egotistical lawyers and Bankstown bovver boys , of how the trust of all Australians was betrayed by incompetents who had long reached not only their use by date , but their level of incompetence and only survived by voraciously feeding on the excrement of cronyism and nepotism.
Of how the pseudo socialists took over the role of establishing powerful family dynasties from the conservatives, and not content with that, they began to inbreed, resulting in abhorrent retards sitting in all state and federal parliaments, legislating restrictions on the citizens with abandoned lust and with out moral values. Legislation than even Joe Stalin would not have been game to do in his prime.
Stars should include, The Whitlam's, Andersons, Keatings, Bretons, Creans, Beazleys , Fergusons - this list is fecken endless, without starting on the campfollowers and arse lickers who like mangey dogs follow the camp eating what is dropped from the feast on the table.
Oh! I am a bitter and twisted sole, that's probably why I t/walk with Limp
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