||Issue No. 269||24 June 2005|
Truth In Advertising
Interview: The Baby Drought
Industrial: Lies, AWAs and Statistics
Workplace: The Invisible Parents
History: Bruceís 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
Stuck for words
More care, less scare
Do or die time
China throws in Maoís towel
Donít strike out strikes
Letters to the Editor
Donít strike out strikes
In relation to your last editorial, there are many points on which I totally agree with you.
The focus of a community based campaign, targeting people where they live is a progressive step, and in pace with the way our society gathers information. There can be no doubt a strategy that engages families and attempts to solicit a community wide response can only be a good thing.
However, to disregard any kind of strike action, or imply that any kind of strike action would turn public opinion against us is a generalised assumption, and one, which could leave any powerful campaign half-baked.
I do not believe that spreading the message through advertising is a soft option, however, it is an option that could be effectively reinforced by a strategic industrial campaign. Beyond the strategies, we must acknowledge any industrial action is a right of every working man and woman. To say that workers should not take collective action is as large a travesty of their rights as the proposed Howard IR agenda.
Collective strike action is as legitimate a campaign option as any other. We would be wrong to view it as unsophisticated, out-dated or heavy handed. We would also be disrespectful of workers if we thumbed our noses at their views of industrial action.
If you have ever stood side by side with your comrades in the struggle, you will know what I mean.
Your comments of workers forgoing $200 a day, (how was that figure derived, by the way?) only to have public opinion turn against their cause is patronising and ignorant of our movement.
One of the most powerful actions any worker can take is to withdraw their labour. To discredit that option is to discredit every worker and ultimately, to discredit our movement.
Our fight is to save our cause. Our cause is to protect every worker and their families and to proudly say that dignity is not negotiable.
State Secretary National Union Of Workers (NSW Branch)
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