|Issue No 52||05 May 2000|
Letters to the Editor
A Recipe for Modern Unionism
Im getting a little weary of my fellow workers continually
screaming about lack of decent pay, lack of decent working conditions,lack of decent union support etc etc.
Our future lies in our own hands!
My recipe is simple
1) Sell your labour to the highest bidder.
2)Don,t give away misguided loyalty to your employer for free.
3)Accept that some employers are better than others,leave the bad ones they dont deserve you, you dont need them.
4)If its the government you work for study their own internal systems, then use them to protect yourselves.
5)Do what they do...work smart... not hard.
6)Always have a back up plan so your not so reliant on the employer.... start a small buisness doing whatever you can
eg; car cleaning, welding.tiling, anything,the less reliant on the employer the stronger your negotiating position.
7)Always look after your fellow worker their the only ones who give a damm about you.
a man whose moved on but has and always will have the union running through his heart.
Interview: War Stories from the Shakey Isles
After being flat-earthed, New Zealand unions are making a comeback under a new progressive government. Darien Fenton is at the forefront of the resurgence.
Unions: Laying It On the Line
A complex international legal web underpins a long-running South Coast picket.
International: Alive and Kicking
Those representing right wing political forces and strategists for multi-national corporations would be disappointed by the success of the recently concluded Congress of the WFTU in Delhi.
Economics: Fair Trade not Free Trade
The successful MAI and Seattle campaigns have sparked a new debate about the role of the World Trade Organization.
History: The Manchester Movement
Manchester, in Asa Briggs memorable phrase, was the shock city of the early nineteenth century, a small and obscure market town that in a matter of a few years had become a huge city.
Satire: Passing the Buck
Government report tells bosses how to lie and pass the buck: Reith blames Kemp
Review: A Book to Set the Left Right
The Australian Finacial Review's Stephen Long gives his verdict on 'Tales from the new Shop Floor'.
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