Maybe it is time for a socialist to not just be building or supporting these progressive campaigns but to stand for the Senate in the ACT against the sell-out that is Labor.
DARREN WILSON has gotten away with murder – and the American injustice system sent the message once again that Black lives don’t matter, write Nicole Colson and Alan Maass in Socialist Worker US.
This is the link to my 30 minute interview with Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on 24 November about the Victrorian elections, Abbott’s rotten policies, Grocon, safety and the CFMEU, creeping repression, fascism, the malaise in Australian politics and much more.
Posted by John, November 24th, 2014 - under Australian Broadcasting Commission, Community and Public Sector Union, CPSU, Fighting back, MEAA, Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance, Resistance, Strikes.
In not defending jobs at the ABC, the leadership of the two main unions, the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance and the Community and Public Sector Union, have so far shown all the fighting spirit of wet lettuce leaves. Only staff organising independently of the leadership of the unions to strike until the government withdraws its cuts can win.
Here is a snippet from a good article in Solidarity in Australia about the fall of the Berlin Wall. It describes the Stalinist regimes as state capitalist. I would urge those interested in understanding how ‘socialism’ could be overthrown by the very workers it supposedly ruled for to read this. I would especially urge members of Socialist Alternative in Australia to read it to help re-discover their hidden history and analysis.
Thank heaven for The Australian.
Our industrial dispute with Grocon has always been about safety. When we fight to protect the safety of building workers and the public, Liberal politicians call for our deregistration. Yet when Grocon pleads guilty to its role in the deaths of three young people, the same politicians are silent. Tony Abbott embraces Daniel Grollo as a member of his Government’s Business Advisory Council.
We need more protesters and less Tony Jones on ‘our’ ABC. So how can we defend the ABC and SBS? How can we defend the jobs, the work-life balance of the remaining workers and the ability to deliver some quality programs from time to time instead of the shit dished up on the commercial channels?
There is only one way. The two main unions, the Media Arts and Entertainment Alliance and the Community and Public Sector Union have to call their members out on strike until the government backs down. The unions would have mass support if they did this. The ACTU and individual unions have to pledge that if any action is taken against these ‘illegal’ strikes under bourgeois law then members in other unions will walk off the job. This is the only way to stop Abbott and Turnbull, and in doing that we open up the possibility of a more democratic and popular ABC and SBS reflecting the views of a population which is far to the left of the major political parties on most issues.
In defending the ABC and SBS we have the chance to reclaim them.
World Toilet Day raises a serious issue we socialists should be concerned about, the fact that 40% of the people of the world do not have access to clean and healthy sanitation.