Archive for April, 2009
Friday is May Day, the day of international working class solidarity and the commemoration of workers’ struggles, in particular the often bloody fight for an 8 hour day. In Australia the union eunuchs and Labor lapdogs ‘cancelled’ the Day long ago. When class struggle revives and society moves to the Left, May Day will revive here. But the spirit of [...]
Concentrated poverty is one of the most important issues in what happens to a flu outbreak – how it is spread and who it hits.
Somali pirates earned about $50 million last year. The West is preparing to blast them out of the water. Richard Pratt’s cartel fixed prices and ripped $700 million off us. In death the ruling class lauds him. The Somalis are in the wrong business.
The world is mad. Sending more troops to Afghanistan is our exit strategy!
Here in Canberra the Labor Party Chief Minister Jon Stanhope has announced his government will phase out funding for its public art program. That’s a pity. Inspired by the people of Iceland, I was going to suggest that we in Canberra set aside ten thousand dollars or so for urinal art. We could put water-proof images of our favourite capitalists in [...]
Posted by Leonie, April 28th, 2009 - under ACTU, ALP, Australian Building and Construction Commission, Australian Council of Trade Unions, Australian politics, Bikies, Building industry, Building unions, CFMEU, Class struggle, Fascism, Free speech, Freedom, Industrial Workers of the World, Jobs, Labor Party, Living standards, New South Wales, Right to organise, Socialism, Socialist Alternative, Trade unions, Unions.
The ABCC; the ‘bikie gang’ laws; anti-terrorism laws; the loss of habeas corpus – the ruling class jackboots are stirring.
Posted by Bill, April 27th, 2009 - under ABCC, Australian Building and Construction Commission, Building industry, Building unions, Fighting back, Resistance, Right to organise, Rudd, Rudd Government, Rudd Labor, Strikes, Trade unions, Unions.
Tuesday is the International Day of Mourning for workers killed on the job. Last year 440 workers in Australia died at work and many more were injured. One building worker a week loses their life on the job. I pay my respects to all those who have died or been seriously injured at or from [...]
Let’s push for a $90 a week pay increase for workers and pensioners. If it is good enough for politicians it is good enough for those they serve.
There’s a wonderful photo in today’s Australian showing urinals in Reykjavik , Iceland’s capital, decorated with images of former bankers.
Posted by Leonie, April 26th, 2009 - under Australian politics, Big business, Bosses pay, Capital gains, Capitalism, Carbon tax, Class struggle, Classes, Democracy, ETS, Economic crisis, Economics, Emissions Trading Scheme, Henry tax review, Inheritance tax, Kevin Rudd, Labor Party, Reformism, Socialism, Tax.
We should look at taxation through the eyes of the working class. Tax labour lightly and capital heavily.