|Issue No 9||16 April 1999|
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Public Speaks: We Are Not Monsters!
Qantas to Dump Aussie Accents
Carrís Faction Call Music to Costaís Ears
But Thumbs Down to Small Business Labor...
Blow for Reith's Anti-Unionism
Un-Reconstructed Unionists on Study Tour
Unionists to Celebrate May Day
Tanner to Bragg with Billy
The public has spoken and the message is clear. The stereotype of unionists as lazy, bludging bully boys just doesn't wash with the vast majority of Australians.
We're Not Monsters!
Labor Council's Newspoll findings are compelling -- there is public support for trade unions far beyond their formal membership base.
If they were free to choose, hundreds of thousands more workers say they would be joining up.
The question unions need to confront is why they aren't. Is it management hostility or poor communication on the part of unions? With an untapped market of potential members, what do we need to do to get them into the fold?
Some of the issues canvassed in this week's Workers Online cast light on the survey's findings. They show the rhetoric of equal bargaining power spouted by Reith and his apologists is just a smokescreen.
There's the Qantas flight attendants, whose jobs are being farmed out to the lowest international bidders. The Cobar miners whose livelihoods disappeared in a swift corporate manoeuvre. And the BHP workers in Newcastle left stateless by the Big Australian.
The story is universal if forgotten; capital is amoral; without some mitigating force like unions we are all at its mercy.
And the message for labour is a simple one: with commitment and imagination, there is still a future for the trade unions.
|Stephen Roach on the Cobar Option||Noel Hester on Sport and the Evil Empire||Zanga on the One Stop Shop||Piers on the Social Audit|
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