||Issue No. 152||13 September 2002|
The Legacy of 11/9
Interview: Still Flying
International: President Gas
Politics: Australia: A Rogue State?
History: Levelling September
Unions: Welfare Max
Bad Boss: Welcome to Telstra!
Health: Fat Albert: The Grim Reaper
Poetry: A Man From the East And A Man From The West
Review: The Sum Of All Fears
The Locker Room
Week in Review
The CFMEU Race Debate #2
Keeping it Clean
Sue the Leaders?
Letters to the Editor
The CFMEU Race Debate #2
I wish to respond to your diatrabe
I am hoping you will lead by example and resign from your job immediately. You will then be in the same position you wish building workers to be in- unable to pay your mortgage or feed your family.
You see, I know a Korean bloke, a Doctor of Social Inquiry. He is here on a tourist visa and has no work permit- but hey I know that is of no concern to you- he wants to stay in Australia and work. He can do your job and is able to do it for less than half what you are paid. I know it will be a sacrifice for you to resign so this guy can get a start, but hey- you wouldn't wish to be accused of hypocrisy now would you? Please lead by example and resign your job immediately.
I hope you will also apologise publicly for your laughable slur that the CFMEU is a racist union for racist workers. Categorising 100,000 CFMEU members in the construction industry (who are themselves at least 70% of non English speaking background) wouldn't be a sweeping generalisation now, would it? Maybe even a racist sweeping generalisation, given the ethnicities of the workers you are generalising about?
For your information, the Koreans arrested yesterday were brought to this country by organised crime, the Korean triad to be specific. They were used earlier this year to break a strike at Baulkham Hills by other (legal) Korean Australian workers. This is in fact what you are defending;- organised crime syndicates bringing workers into this country to break strikes and undercut unionised workers.
As an academic you of course have impeccable left credentials. Please also consider making yourself available to the nice men from the triad (I could give you their names but the aliases can get confusing) to explain to them how things should be in the world according to Sergio. I will be interested to see how they take your fascinating world view. I suspect they have a different definition of "protection" of Korean workers to you.
You are welcome to come and protest at the CFMEU office. We are situated in Lidcombe. Please come out when you have looked up where Lidcombe is. Just let me know via email when you are coming and I will arrange for some of the Korean Australian workers whose strike was broken by the organised crime gangs to be there, so you can explain your position to them directly. I am sure they will advise you of who exactly was deported yesterday so you don't have to take my racist word for it.
I hope you have the decency to forward on my response to all the anarcho e groups you so helpfully defamed us to.
Oh, and don't forget to resign. This doctor mate of mine is very enthusiastic about starting work in the Humanities faculty at UTS.
PS The real world is sometimes a little more complicated than it appears from the UTS tower building.
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