||Issue No. 286||21 October 2005|
Lord of the Lobster Legs
Interview: Under Fire
Politics: And the Winners Are ...
Economics: The Common Wealth
History: Walking for Justice
International: Deja Vu
Legal: The Rights Stuff
Review: That Cinderella Fella
Poetry: Is Howard Kidding?
The Locker Room
Thus Spake Sydney Uni
Vote 1 Dictator
Buying peace Of Mind
Rev Kev Speaks
Letters to the Editor
Buying peace Of Mind
Opposition governments and unions may save us but we can help by helping ourselves, using our power as consumers. We don't HAVE to be dross to be gobbled up and spat out by big business.
Some simple suggestions:
Move your money to CREDIT UNIONS who pay workers award rates and penalties, where members have a say in how it is run and the money stays in the community as opposed to banks who cut staff, use AWAS, move jobs offshore and have to satisfy shareholders and overpaid (by MILLIONS of dollars) executives.
If we buy at INDEPENDENT GREENGROCERS, BUTCHERS, PHARMACIES and NEWSAGENCIES instead of at supermarkets we can not only check that the goods are being made in Australia (because there IS someone to ask), we can exercise discretion in where we shop and what we buy, according to how workers are treated and paid (I won't be buying Imperial Mushrooms any time soon), we will ensure future choice (not just between giant conglomerates who occasionally! have been known to stitch up secret deals and price fix) and again we are not feeding profits to large, often overseas, corporations, executives and shareholders.
If we REFUSE to buy GENERIC/IMPORTED goods when we buy our other stuff at the supermarket we can ensure more jobs stay here and that our food meets Australian standards and ditto, ditto, ditto above.
If we get OUT of the SHAREMARKET and stay out of the sharemarket, we ourselves are not contributing to the global forces which are now pushing Australian workers to the wall. That unearned income on shares usually comes from someone's job loss (not the executive's) or pay reduction. Who needs unearned income if we have decent jobs and reasonable relaxation time?
None of the above is difficult to do or very expensive but the expense of not doing it - well, you know.
Pat Francis, NSW
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