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QANTAS workers and their union leaders accepted arbitration without a fight and lost. Lend Lease building workers went on strike over very similar claims and won.
Arbitration is for losers. Striking can win.
QANTAS workers could walk off the job tonight, and picket to stop any supplies or personnel getting in or out. That way, like the magnificent Fair Work Australia and government defying Victorian nurses, they might have a chance of winning.
Nationalise QANTAS under workers’ control to win real wage increases and secure jobs. Tax the rich to pay for it.
The soldiers in Afghanistan are fighting and dying to protect the Alan Joyces of the world and their right to make profits off our labour; their right to attack our wages and jobs; their right to lock us out.
They are fighting and dying for the one percent.
QANTAS workers are fighting the one percent. They are fighting for job security and better pay. They are fighting to put people first. We must support them. Victory to QANTAS workers.
Union members could make a counter demand on Qantas that goes beyond the limited claims of their leadership. If they really fought, and went on strike for a while, they could demand and win 30 percent over 3 years and an increase in the workforce in Australia of ten percent per annum to overcome the extra work burden Qantas has imposed on its workforce over the last decade or more. That would strengthen the union against management attacks now and in to the future and increase its membership.
Nationalise QANTAS, BlueScope and OneSteel under workers’ control.
Fight the job losses. Strike and occupy the workplaces. Organise production to satisfy human need.
Posted by Leonie, April 17th, 2009 - under Australian politics, Big business, Capitalism, Class struggle, Democracy, Demonstrations, Economic crisis, Europe, Fighting back, Great Recession, Green energy, Green jobs, Jobs, Living standards, Marxism 2009, Occupations, Qantas, Resistance, Revolution, Strikes, The Depression, The Great Recession, Trade unions, Unions, Wage cuts, Wage freezes, Wages, sackings, unemployment.
Every strike contains the seeds of revolution. Therein lies our hope and our future.