||Issue No. 210||27 February 2004|
Rock Of Ages
Interview: Trading in Principle
Unions: While We Were Away
Politics: Follow the Leader
Bad Boss: Safety Recidivist Fingered
Economics: Casualisation Shrouded In Myths
History: Worker Control Harco Style
Review: Other Side Of The Harbour
Taking The Piss
Tom Goes Off I
Tom Goes Off II
WORK SLEEP DEATH
No one on their death bed ever wished they'd spent more time at work.
This is a fact that's obviously escaped the feral abacus, Silvertail Pete Costello, as he continues his life's dream of beating up on working people.
"There's going to be no such thing as full-time retirement," says the man who wants to turn the country into a workhouse. He also has his sights set on bludgeoning cripples back into low paid, insecure and menial casual work.
All this while he can't find enough jobs for the current workforce.
Costello can mouth platitudes about maintaining skilled people in the workforce till the cows come home, but the reality is he stands around picking his nose while qualified doctors drive cabs because of his government's dopey immigration policies.
For a government that's supposedly about choice, a policy of forcing people to work to their death seems like an act of sheer bastardry.
Costello claims retirees suffer boredom. Well, there's plenty of people out there slaving away for 50 plus hours a week who'd love to be bored.
And all of this is aimed at propping up the leeching bludgers from the non-industry superannuation sector. They, of course, don't have to worry about retirement, as they've never done an honest days work in their lives to start with.
Retirement is obviously not an issue for Silvertail Pete given that the biggest taxing treasurer in the country's history has his snout well and truly in the public trough. He's already allowed to cash in his extravagant haul and keep working, while the rest of us watch our cash get pissed up against the wall by the big end of town; leaving us the price of a loaf of bread by the time we're 55.
This crazed baby-boomer is no 'liberal'. He would gladly lock up anyone in this country who didn't say 'Yes sir! No sir! Three bags full of sh*t sir!' to another human being; not because that human being is better than them, but because they pay their wages. This is a man who cares about working people like others care about dog faeces on their lawn. In Silvertail Pete's world there's one law for the rich and another law for you.
When a majority of workers at the Dollar Sweets factory in Melbourne took industrial action against a company that was found to be in breach of the food industry cleanliness regulations, the Smirkin' Merkin' gleefully went into bat as lawyer for a boss prepared to shell out $70,000 for armed security guards against his own employees, but couldn't afford a piddling pay rise.
This is a man who described industrial action by Australian working families as a form of rape.
His pathetic ambitions are naked. The only person who he won't be hoping hangs onto his job is his boss. After ten years Costello desperately wants to move onto kissing more famous butts, like George Bush's, for example. Luckily the Australian people will have something to say about that.
If Silvertail Pete wants to work for the rest of his days good luck to him. Let him go into the tool shed and work away in there until he drops dead.
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