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Revolution in Egypt, nurses’ action in Victoria, crap in Parliament

Ho hum. Labor have played a little game with the Speakership in Parliament and outmanoeuvred the Opposition.  Opposition member Peter Slipper is now the Speaker, effectively giving Labor more wriggle room as a minority Government by reducing the Opposition vote by one and increasing theirs by one, for the time being at least.

So what? Is it really that important which party of neoliberalism solidifies its Parliamentary position?  Well, it is important to the one percent, so this skulduggery is what will dominate the news in Australia.

But something much more important is happening here – class struggle. Baiada poultry processors had a picket line for two weeks, had community support, beat back 80 riot police and scabs, and won most of their demands.

Victorian nurses have snubbed the orders of Fair Work Australia and are closing beds for a decent pay rise and the defence of nurse/patient ratios.

They will be fined or threatened with fines for taking ‘unprotected’ industrial action. Nurses objectively have the power to destroy the fines system. They could threaten to refuse to pay the fines and challenge Labor to jail them. Other unions could threaten to walk out in support.

The bosses would put away their powers to fine unions and unionists for strike action for a while if the nurses did that.

QANTAS unions on the other hand have eschewed defying Fair Work Australia and are playing by the one percent’s industrial relations laws. They will be well and truly shafted as a consequence. The QANTAS rank and file could learn a lot from nurses.

Overseas Portuguese workers have begun a general strike against austerity. It looks like they have shut down the country.

In Egypt the next stage of the revolution has begun as the people fight to get rid of the Mubarak regime, not just Mubarak.

The potential is there for a deepening of the revolution in the fight against counter-revolution.

The nurses’ actions, the Portuguese general strike and the Egyptian revolution won’t rate too much of a mention in the news in Australia. It’ll all be Slipper, Slipper, Slipper. This Parliamentary cretinism is a side show to the class struggle. Victory to the Egyptian revolution. Victory to Portuguese workers. Victory to Victorian nurses.



Comment from Seamus
Time November 25, 2011 at 9:31 am

Could not agree more John. Well said.