Archive for May 19th, 2012
Versions of reformism will seek simultaneously to express workers’ resistance to capitalism and to contain it within the framework of the system. But it underlines the necessity of building a revolutionary left that is part of this great movement sweeping Europe but maintains its own political identity.
At the recent ACTU conference there was the sight of union busting, ‘ruling for the rich’ maggot Bob Hawke singing Solidarity Forever; the sight of Bill Kelty, the architect of the class collaborationist, wealth shifting and rank and file destroying Accord, declaiming that Labor and the unions needed to rally around the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. It was all too sickening. With work days lost through strikes per thousand employees now at 5 compared to over 1000 in the halcyon days of the early to mid 70s for the union movement and the Labor Party, perhaps the problem for the ALP and the ACTU is not too much ‘class warfare’ but not enough.