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The essentially social democratic desires of the majority of the Australian people are in conflict with the needs of capital. At the moment the political consequences of this are what seems like the eternal roundabout of Labor and the Liberals. The Labor Party attacks us for 3 years to be replaced by a Liberal Party that attacks us for 3 years to be followed by a Labor Party that attacks us for 3 years. That at least appears to be the current cycle.
It’s a lockout, a sit in, a picket writes Jerome Small in Red Flag. It’s a rolling conversation. It’s woodsmoke, and chairs that fall apart. It’s the most ordinary thing that could happen, on an ordinary street, in an industrial suburb, in any city you care to name. In an ordinary, everyday way, it has paralysed the Australian operations of one of the biggest corporations on the planet.
It’s a lesson that I never get tired of learning. When workers stop working, it’s the most powerful thing on Earth.
The lockout, sit in and picket continues at International Flavours and Fragrances, 310 Frankston-Dandenong Road, Dandenong South. See Red Flag and the National Union of Workers facebook page for updates.
Is there an alternative to rising unemployment? Because unemployment is built into the capitalist system, we will have to fight the bosses and government to stop it. That means using our industrial muscle to stop the bosses sacking us and forcing them to pay us more than pittance wages.
For the unions and students fighting alongside Labor and the Greens, the job to convince crossbenchers and the public that deregulation is in itself a problem – the real fight – starts now.
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.
These are the speaking notes I wrote for a talk at a conference on the G20 and tackling tax avoidance organised by Political Economy students at Sydney Uni, Action Aid and Green Left Weekly. They bear some vague resemblance to what I said in the 20 minutes I had. I finish off with: The protests against the parasites of the G20 in November in Brisbane should be one focus. Tax the rich is a slogan we can take to those protests. Real tax change won’t come from the politicians of the one percent. It has to come from us mobilising along with the mass of people for such change as part of a wider campaigns for equity and justice economically and politically. Fighting for tax justice can be and has to be part of that national and international struggle.
Free education was won through consistent protest in the 1970s and can be won back now through consistent protest writes John Rainford in Green Left Weekly.
What courage, what humanity the Warsaw Ghetto Jews showed in resisting the monolith of Nazism. There is a universal message here. It was right then to fight back against the Nazi occupiers. It is right now, even in the face of overwhelming force, to resist your oppressors, their invasions and occupation.
Are there lessons for Australia in what tax staff in the UK are doing? Some 50,000 tax workers at HMRC offices around Britain began a week of rolling strikes on Monday of this week writes Annette Mackin in Socialist Worker UK.
This is not about saying join this or that socialist group although I do think groups like Socialist Alternative are worth having a look at. It is about asking Labor members and supporters who want to understand the degeneration of their party to do so in the context of its managerial role in Australian capitalism and to see that degeneration as part and parcel of that role.