Nationalise socks and jocks!
Nationalise Pacific Brands.
The company is sacking 1850 staff in Australia and moving production to China and other countries. It makes singlets, jocks, socks, bras and the like.
What can the workers there do?
Occupy the factories. Run production themselves. Demand the Rudd ‘Labor’ Government nationalise the company without compensation to protect their jobs.
In Ireland Waterford Crystal closed down its factory. In response the workers have occupied it and demanded the Government nationalise the company.
In Dublin a few days ago 120,000 workers demonstrated against the Government’s failure to address the economic crisis. Waterford Crystal workers led the march in a show of support from all Irish workres and to put even more pressure on the Irish Government to save these jobs.
And what happens here in Australia? Kevin Rudd is leading the platitude stakes. He is ‘extremely disappointed’. But unlike Pacific Brand workers he still has a job. Until 2010 anyway.
Kim Carr, a supposed ‘leftwing’ Minister, has said there will be more sackings in the textile, clothing and footwear industry in Australia. So the ALP left will let capital trample over workers.
Something about tits, bulls and usefulness comes to mind when Carr craps on. He is just another acolyte at the altar of profit.
Workers want action. From Labor and the peak union body they get words.
Pacific Brand workers have nothing to lose if they occupy the seven factories around Australia. They may well save their jobs.
To force ‘social democrat’ Comrade Kev to nationalise Pacific Brands will need will and resolve from Pacific Brand workers. And it will mean building a mass movement of workers against sackings.
Solidarity is important. Their struggle is our struggle. Anyone could be next.
A victory for Pacific Brand workers would make bosses across Australia think twice about decamping and sacking their workforce.
The ACTU could organise mass support and action. It could call out workers across Australia to force Rudd to save these jobs and those of any other workers threatened with mass sackings.
But the ACTU is ‘repsonsible’. This means they too are lackeys of capital and bow down before the omnipresence that is greed. So they won’t do anything concrete to help Pacific Brand workers stay employed. Oh, other than mouth platitudes too.
Workers can’t rely on the lapdog leaders of the union movement. They will have to act independently of them, and contrary to their leaders’ do nothing ideas.
The 1850 workers at Pacific Brand could march in to the 7 factories today and start the machines up.
They could run the factories and call for workers in the TCF and other industries threatened with job losses to follow their lead and come out in support. They could force the ACTU to organise industrial action from other workers to support them.
All that is needed for that spark is action from Pacific Brand workers to occupy the factories and run it.
Really pressure the ‘Labor’ Government to save jobs. Tell Rudd to put people before profit.
Clearly ‘stimulus’ packages don’t work. Only direct action can save jobs.
The bosses are fighting dirty. Workers should take their gloves off too.
Occupying the Pacific Brand factories is the only chance the workers there have of saving their jobs and futures. By doing that their gaol should be to force Rudd to nationalise the company and keep their livelihoods.
And if successful they set an example for other workers threatened with the sack to follow.
Put people before profit Comrade Kevin. Nationalise Pacific Brands without any compensation. Keep all the workers’ jobs there.