||Issue No. 310||09 June 2006|
I'm No Economist, But ….
Interview: Rock Solid
Industrial: Eight Simple Rules for Employing My Teenage Daughter
Politics: The Johnnie Code
Energy: Fission Fantasies
History: All The Way With Clarrie O'Shea
International: Closer to Home
Economics: Taking the Fizz
Unions: Stronger Together
Review: Montezuma's Revenge
Poetry: Fair Go Gone
The Locker Room
Greens Are Good For You
Calling All Micks!
Coming Up Swinging
Mining For Gold
Blood Spangled Banner
Never To Be Repeated Offer
Letters to the Editor
Coming Up Swinging
message: Like the majority readers of this website I am your average blue collar Australian worker who is also a Union ember .
Having kept myself up to date on all the hype originating from both sides of the political spectrum surrounding new industrial legislation ,I have come to the conclusion that the ACTU should stand alone on fighting Howards attack on us workers . The Labor party will huff and puff hard now to gain our confidence and hopefully that will transpire into votes at the next election , but I believe we will be once again forgotten by them as they have done in the past - Bob Hawke with the airline pilots back in the late eighties . Laurie Beretton introducing enterprize bargaining which destroyed Industrial awards and got the ball rolling towards the mess of eventual AWAs .
Here in SA we just had a election in which the Public Service Union financed a range of TV adds against the Liberals who wanted to trash a large amount of their jobs .What happened almost straight after Labors win ? The Labor Government stabs their supporters in the back and announces PS cutbacks .
As far as Im concerned all these Politicians are the same suit wearing toffee nosed backstabbers . Their carreer paths guide their principles and us Blue Collar workers are paving their path .
Lets stand alone and state our claim , then if a Political Party out there wants our vote - make them sweat for it . We,ve got the numbers , but have we got the guts ?
Unfortunately, I believe we missed a golden opportunity to hit Howard hard by not holding a national strike on Nov 5 last year .
Rallies are nice but ineffective .
Strikes hit the national nerve .
Good or bad they arouse emotion and passion which is what the ACTU needs right now .What is Howard going to do in such an event - throw us all in the can ?
We're hanging on by our finger nails and have'nt got much more to loose. I once read a verse -
Aggression shows .
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