||Issue No. 269||24 June 2005|
Truth In Advertising
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
Stuck for words
More care, less scare
Do or die time
China throws in Mao’s towel
Don’t strike out strikes
Letters to the Editor
Do or die time
Let's not screw around. Let's hit back at the proposed IR reform legislation in a painful, paralysing and brutally hard hitting manner! That's my answer to Howards' offer!
The union movement is out financed, out numbered and largely out psyched. For a large majority that reside in this world that revolves around greed, consumerism, money, lust and a dog eat dog mentality the union movement is looked down upon as a poor lost child which represents the losers of society that belly aches a lot but has no real voice anymore as to the outcome of the forgone conclusions set by Government agenda.
Us union members have got our backs to the wall on this one and big business is out for the kill. Over the past decade in particular, legislation has clamped down severely upon the working class of this society in a slow, almost unrecognisable, manner that has eroded us of basic working rights. On top of this the government has opened or will open trade deals with countries considered to be ruled by despots and whose people are nothing more than life long slaves to the whims of money hungry bureaucrats ravaged by the notion of their own gluttony and self-importance.
Already the door has been slammed shut on many avenues of redress. In very near future I believe, as many of my co-workers believe, that unless the union movement takes a hard line with hard hitting drastic action now that we will leave behind a shameful set of employment conditions for the next generation to inherit. Shameful due to the fact that we took no action when the time to act was upon us.
I call upon all union members to push for industrial action in the face of Howard's implementation of the revamped IR legislation. I believe this is the only definite way of demonstrating to the government the true power of the Australian working class.
Lets not kid ourselves, we haven't much left to bargain with and nothing to lose. Become like me - a staunch, firebrand unionist. Prepare for the stoush of a lifetime or die with regret!
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