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.
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.
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.
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 !’”
WE SWEAR BY THE SOUTHERN CROSS TO STAND TRULY BY EACH OTHER AND FIGHT
SIGN THE SEDITION CHARTER
SEDITION CHARTER LAUNCH
JOIN US Outside HIGH COURT OF AUSTRALIA Melbourne Wednesday 11.30am
Corner Williams Street and LaTrobe Street, Melbourne ALL WELCOME!!
COME AND SIGN THE SEDITION CHARTER'
"SEDITION - Conduct or speech inciting to rebellion"
HUMAN BEINGS ARE BORN WITH INALIENABLE HUMAN RIGHTS WHICH INCLUDE THE
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.
Straws in the wind
Same job, Less pay - Here comes your AWA
—If this is a new class
war why is only one side hurting?
"Find out just what
people will submit to, and you have found the exact amount of injustice
and wrongdoing which will be imposed on them; and these will continue,
until they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both.
The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom
they oppress." ( Frederick Douglas)
ONCE AN AUSSIE BAGMAN
Once an Aussie bagman
Travelled to the Middle East
Under the name of the A.W.B.
And he sang as he put the money in their moneybags
“I don’t remember a
thing” carolled he.
“I don’t remember, I don’t remember -