||Issue No. 292||02 December 2005|
A Free Vote
Interview: The Binds That Tie
Unions: Worth Cycling For
Industrial: The Elephant in the Corner
Legal: A Law Unto Themselves
Politics: Ethically Lonely
History: Women, Unions, Banners and Parades
Women: Relaxed and Comfortable?
International: The Last Social Democrat
Review: The Corpse Bride
Culture: Tony Moore Holds His Own
The Locker Room
John Bares All
Tom A World Away
Letters to the Editor
Tom A World Away
I note with bewildered bemusement, the call by the "ITF" for the United Kingdom government to mount an investigation into the apparent raid by Irish Ferries, on its own ships, the Isle of Inishmore in Pembroke and the Ulysses in Holyhead, in order to remove the unionised crews and install cheaper scab crews from Eastern Europe.
Are these the same trade union complainants who have in the past condemned not only fellow unionists employed in the Belfast Shipyards, but also the government of the United Kingdom in its efforts to maintain democracy in Northern Ireland, and rejected the FAVOURABLE findings of all the inquiries into allegations of inappropriate behaviour by law enforcement bodies entrusted with this responsibility?
It would appear that the Union movement in the United Kingdom has all but run out of friends as it continues to alienate the common man (and woman), and the British Labour Party moves further to the right.
We in Australia should be aware that with Globalisation, these changes no longer take years to reach us , rather weeks and months.
As for the Workplace Relations Amendment (Work Choices) Bill 2005, I am currently (temporarily) employed under an AWA , and have found the conditions and wages in this agreement more amenable that any agreements I have been employed under for over 25 years.
Having said that, I will continue to salivate at the prospect of Comrade Beazley, on the election of the ALP at the next federal election, actually implement his gesticulated promise of tearing up this abhorrent legislation, and tossing it as political garbage.
Perhaps in the same manner as HIS Roll Back of the GST!
Tom Collins, NSW
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