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Despite the success of the strikes so far, more serious industrial action is needed. The public face of management intransigence, Professor Ann Brewer’s latest email to staff, reaffirmed that the university will not be backing down on a range of clauses that will impact job security and worsen conditions. Management wants to slash sick leave by 60 percent, increase the time for academic probation to two years, increase workloads, force the union off campus and make it easier to push through redundancies and restructures.
Our message to Gillard should be “Too little, too late. Now tax the miners to fund public education.” And to our own union leaders, “Stop being sucks for Labor. They’ve screwed us yet again.
Posted by John, February 5th, 2013 - under Fringe Benefits Tax, Gillard Government, Gillard Labor, Not for profit sector, SACS workers, Social and Community Sector, Social and Community Service sector, Strikes, Tax, Tax policy, Tax reform, Tax the rich.
To address the Gillard government possibly undermining Fringe Benefits Tax concessions for low paid female and male workers in the Not For Profit sector, maybe it’s time for a real industrial campaign to win massive pay increases and leave the tax fiddling to big business and the rich.
Please add my name to the Media Alliance letter to show my support to my colleagues at Southern Weekend in their fight for press freedom and the fundamental principles of journalism.
Why is there so little choice in Australian politics? The neoliberalism of all the parties is the surface answer; lack of class struggle the underlying answer.
Unions NSW could immediately ban all work and supplies to 2GB until Jones is sacked. It could ban all goods and services to all of Jones’s advertisers until they abandon 2GB. Individual unions could do the same. Workers at 2GB could walk off the job until Jones is sacked. Such actions would of course be illegal under Labor’s industrial laws. But it would be the right thing to do.
The government is visibly rattled. It has to face a vote in parliament on the cuts. All the strikers are expecting that unions will call them out again when that vote is set.
The prison workers’ snap strike in response to the Newman Budget should be a clear signal to all workers about how to fight back. Strike. Join the rally on Wednesday and fight, fight, fight. Strike together, stay out indefinitely and close Queensland down until Campbell Newman surrenders.
If we want quality public education we need to fight for it. The biggest factor that can improve the situation is whether or not teachers, learning support officers, teachers’ aides and school support staff are prepared to strike to push back the neoliberal agenda of both major parties.
There are lessons from the magnificent and victorious Quebec student strike that are relevant for the whole higher education sector in Australia. The message is simple. If you don’t fight, you lose. If you do fight, you can win.