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Equal pay: Labor is the enemy

Clearly Labor is the enemy of working women.

The Gillard Government’s decision to oppose the Australian Services Union test case before Fair Work Australia for equal pay in the community and social services sector on budgetary grounds gives the lie to Labor being the friend of working women.

Julia Gillard’s contempt for ordinary women poses the question – what is the best way to win equal pay for poorly paid workers in industries dominated by female workers?

Clearly it is not to rely on sellouts like Gillard and the rest of her motley Labor crew.

Striking against Labor for massive pay rises in the community and social services sector and for more funding to protect and expand the number of jobs in that sector offers the best and perhaps the only chance of any success to win equal wages in an industry Government have underfunded for decades.

‘Where’s the money coming from?’ Labor neoliberals like ‘left-winger’ Kate Lundy prattle.

Here’s a novel suggestion. Labor could tax the rich. Who knows, maybe a Resource Super Profits Tax could pay for wage justice for women.

The Gillard Government could cut defence spending. Maybe they could decide not to buy fighter jets. Or save $2 billion by withdrawing from Afghanistan.

What’s more important Gillard – guns or women?

People argue Julia Gillard stands for nothing. That’s not true. She stands for the bosses.

This is but the latest in a long line of ALP sellouts. The idea that Labor is a progressive party is dying before our eyes.

 The time has come to build a socialist alternative ( to fight tooth and nail for workers’ interests against Labor.



Comment from John
Time November 20, 2010 at 10:31 am

It is Government which pays the community and social services sector bills, including wages. If workers in the sector go on strike they will win community support and. Doing that has the potential to embarrass Labor into funding the sector adequately. It is the disruption, political and actual, that wsill get the neoliberal ALP’s attention. Closing down the sector will be blamed rightly on the Government and bring the issue of pay and funding front and centre to the public. Maybe the present parlous pay and funding situation in the sector is because workers haven’t gone on strike for fear of hurting those they serve. Nurses set a good example. They are striking on Wednesday. They had to address the same issues Deigh mentions about not hurting those the look after. But to provide better care they have to strike. Maybe in the community sector all that is needed is the threat of a strike. The community would quickly support you and rally behind you. The mining billionaires show the value of a threatened strike. They threatened Rudd/Gillard with a capital strike and the Government caved in. Or does the ALP respond differently to capital and labour?

Comment from Jane
Time November 20, 2010 at 11:28 am

“International network for recognition and payment for all caring work, and the return of military spending to the community… starting with women, the main carers everywhere.”

Comment from generika cialis
Time November 22, 2010 at 4:19 am

Bertrand Russell~ Man needs for his happiness not only the enjoyment of this or that but hope and enterprise and change.