Australia

Felicity Dadsrich Reports!

Its been so long, darlings, since I have been able to offer a full and indepth report on the situation in the Australian Left. I have (as you know) been so busy on the Mark Latham election campaign, and when that went belly-up, on the re-election of Bomber Beazley as Leader campaign. Its such a shame that Old Guts Gillard is such a spinster, it would've been nice to have a woman in power. I'm getting sick of thew boys at uni being so sexist all the time. Having a woman leader would stop all that for sure! Though I wouldn't like a leader like Maggie Thatcher. So perhaps its for the best that she didn't get in.

We Need to Stick Together

Who are we? The IWW is an international union over a century old. The first Australian branch was formed in Adelaide in 1907. The Wobblies were the genesis of many of today's major trade unions. Many current unions organize on the basis of wobbly philosophies and using wobbly methods. The IWW is thoroughly democratic – all delegates are rotated, recallable and unpaid. We only have one modestly paid official worldwide. Unlike trade unions, the wobblies are syndicalist which means that we believe in independent, truly democratic organizing. We believe that every workplace has the right to determine their own actions and should not be controlled by top-heavy bureaucratic union bosses.

Musings on Justice At Work

by Marcus

I recently attended the Justice At Work forum last Wednesday at the Melbourne Town Hall organised by Union Solidarity. There was about a thousand people (third of Hall’s capacity). Huge Union Solidarity banners hung from the wall.

The night was an admirable attempt by Union Solidarity to shore up the churches behind the union movement. Father Mcguire of John Safran partnering fame was the MC. He was quite entertaining. At first, he was quite coy with his jokes, only hinting at his views but by the end of the night he was very blunt about his leanings, even pointing at the Eureka flag backdrop-commenting that, “This is what it is all about, sticking to-gether!” Mcguire even had a potshot at the right-wing Christian fanatics in the US of A.

State Roundup

Melbourne
May Day - May 7th
After porridge breakfast we got the IWW stall together and went to Trades Hall Building, Lygon Street Carlton. There were jumping castles and a climbing wall and merry go round for the kids and food and stalls for the rest of us. We grabbed a good position next to the bus shelter (it hailed after the march and was a popular retreat!).
Melbourne's union community turned out and defied the rain, hail and wind to enjoy a family arvo event. The traditional march went from and returned to the Trades hall Building Lygon Street Carlton.
Margaret has a torn ligament around her knee so sat down & took on the stall in the wild winds while the rest of us marched with the banner stating AN INJURY TO ONE IS AN INJURY TO ALL !

Why haven’t our union leaders come out fighting ?

Bigger cages, longer chains: why haven’t our union leaders come out fighting ? Leaflet distributed by Peter at “ Your Rights at Work” rally in Newcastle, June 28, 2006: Peter is not a member of the IWW but we reproduce his handy work anyway because we like it and as a general encouragement to rebels everywhere

Just imagine :

During a lull between the official speeches, a leftist militant climbs onto the stage & addresses the crowd on the topic of the return to collective agreements once Howard’s IR laws have been defeated. His promise that there will also be jobs for all is met with derisory laughter from most of the crowd. And as he offers other reforms, a group begins a mocking chant; ‘Bigger cages, longer chains ! Bigger cages, longer chains !’”

General Strike Bloc

General Strike Bloc

Sign the Sedition Charter

WE SWEAR BY THE SOUTHERN CROSS TO STAND TRULY BY EACH OTHER AND FIGHT
TO DEFEND OUR RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES' EUREKA REBELLION OATH 1854

SIGN THE SEDITION CHARTER

SEDITION CHARTER LAUNCH

JOIN US Outside HIGH COURT OF AUSTRALIA Melbourne Wednesday 11.30am
31st MAY 2006

Corner Williams Street and LaTrobe Street, Melbourne ALL WELCOME!!

COME AND SIGN THE SEDITION CHARTER'

www.seditioncharter.org

"SEDITION - Conduct or speech inciting to rebellion"

HUMAN BEINGS ARE BORN WITH INALIENABLE HUMAN RIGHTS WHICH INCLUDE THE
RIGHT TO FOOD, SHELTER, PERSONAL SECURITY, FREEDOM OF SPEECH, FREEDOM

Blue Flu (Cont'd)

Blue ‘Flu (Continued)

If I get the flue from being wet - as a water cannon was used to clear us in windy Winter weather from the local community protest/industrial picket line— can I get the day off work please Nurse ?

Miranda Wood smh reported last month that Australian companies are planning to use nurses to field calls from employees wanting to take sick days. Apparently under the new system when you need to take the kids to the doctor or wake up with the splitting pain above the eyes and wish you hadn’t been quite so sociable the night before or, even, when your system has fallen foul to the microbes you will phone a hotline and register your time off with a nurse instead of their manager.

Anti-war demo in Perth

Anti-War demonstration in Perth on March 18

by “Y”

The demo in Perth on 18 March 2006 was attended by about a thousand people, down substantially from the size of demos before the beginnng of the Iraq War. The majority of people out in downtown Perth on Saturday were shopping. They weren't hostile -- rather, openly indifferent or mildly curious about the people who chose to attend the rally.

Shocking slave labour in Canberra

Shocking Revelations from Capital

Slave labour conditions exposed in Canberra restaurants

From our Canberra desk

Reports of Filipino guest workers being subjected to slave labour conditions in Canberra restaurants have shocked local labour activists.

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