||Issue No. 268||17 June 2005|
Courting Public Opinion
Interview: The Baby Drought
Industrial: Lies, AWAs and Statistics
Workplace: The Invisible Parents
History: Bruce’s Big Blunder
Politics: All God's Children
Economics: Spun Out
International: Shakey Trials
Legal: Civil Distrubance
Review: Crash Course In Racism
Poetry: You're Fired
The Locker Room
Once Upon A Time In America
The Truth Is Out There
Cash Cow On Private Tax Farm
Letters to the Editor
Wandering In The Wilderness
While I do agree with the figures bandied about as to four million workers losing their protection from unfair dismissal, the articulation of this legislation was enabled, through the betrayal of Union and ALP members by the career politicians who have purloined the captaincy of these previously vehicles of social justice.
These ongoing effects of this betrayal will eventually surpass those of the great schism of the 1954 -1955, leaving the ALP and the Unions in the Political and Industrial wilderness for years to come, if not decades.
While, I can also find no reason to dispute the argument that this journey will result a reduction in wages, it is not the ultimate goal, but an integral component of a long term plan, which has been on the liberal agenda for many years.
Sadly there are many who still assume that they will be immune from this legislation, including several of my comrades‚ still working under the umbrella of Living City Services ˆ who contract for Sydney City Council.
The consensus for these chappies is that Sydney City employs more than 100 employees, so they will be protected from this insidious legislation , regrettably for them, they are employed in legally separate business units , most of which are under the 100 employee mark.
This agreed to structure was also part of the bigger picture, which those negotiating with the previous administrations refused to acknowledge, through possible incompetence and ignorance both deliberate and not.
While a blame game may satisfy some , the reality is that if the ALP , and the Unions , do not form a united front , not through pandering to special interest groups , but though the very essence of democracy , which is „Populism‰ , they will be , as the biblical Children of Israel , lead into the wilderness for 40 years.
Which some may say is what they deserve.
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