||Issue No. 275||05 August 2005|
Interview: On Holiday
Unions: One Day Longer
Industrial: Never Mind the Bollocks
Politics: Spun Out
Economics: If the Grog Don't Get You ....
History: Taking a Stand
International: The Split
Legal: Pushing the Friendship
Poetry: Simple Subtractions
Review: Sydney Trashed
The Locker Room
AFL-CIO Not The Only War
We Love Morris
A Readers Suggestion
Letters to the Editor
Let's be honest. Politics is about getting your way whilst letting everyone else think they got theirs. And John Howard is an expert. He is able to do this better than any politician in memory. He is about to do to industrial Relations, what he has wanted to do for many years. Give the power back to the employer.
Mr Howard has put forward a raft of changes that to most reasonable people look to be overstepping the mark and will create a system where families and the average worker will be penalised. Less leave, stricter unfair dismissal rites, no public holidays, no minimum wage and individual agreements for workers. Sounds horific doesn't it!!
Well, it's just a bargaining tool. And this is where we and our Unions have to be very, very careful. You see, both the Government and the Unions are embarking on an expensive campaign of advertising to get their point across to the community.
This does two things, firstly it erodes the financial assets of the Unions so they cannot fight as hard later on when they have to got to court. Solicitors cost money and if you don't have money you don't get your day, or weeks, or years as the case will be, in court. Triumph, Just ask the Victorian SPSF who went bankrupt under the Kennet regime in the 90's. The CPSU gave the members a lifeline, but he broke their back using every means he could, including costly legal battles.
Secondly, It gives him negotiation power. His campaign will convince a large number of people that it will happen anyway, and that some of his ideas are good for our community and Australia. I've already heard normal workers like me talking this way. So when he comes out and announces that he has negotiated with the unions and employers and here are the new laws that he wants to put forward, everyone will say "ALL HAIL JOHNNY, HE LISTENED TO THE PEOPLE". What he will have done, is implemented what he wanted in the first place. He's just thrown us a curve ball to start with, the same as our UNIONS have done with employers for many years. Don't ever think that John Winston Howard isn't clever, He has learnt from us and is trying to destroy us with our own tactics.
Be afraid, be very afraid.
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