Posts tagged ‘union’

April 24, 2012

Political Debate in Australia: Advocating More Breivik and Less Unions

Last nights 4corners, on the ABC was an emotional story about the families destroyed by Anders Behring Breivik, a rich, white, right-wing, christian, John Howard quoting mass-murdering terrorist. A man who killed 77 people, most of the children, many of them of the left.

What is the right-wing response to something like that: Great Shame it didn’t happen here.

No matter what you think of the Left, or unions, or children, or Labor voters – expressing regret that 69 children weren’t slaughtered by a John Howard, Cardinal Pell quoting terrorist, shows that this country has a long way to go before we can say we have grown up.

Paul Howes, National Secretary of the A.W.Union tweeted:
Thinking back to Young Labor camps my wife, friends & I used to go to and how easily something like this could happen here #4corners

Ross, husband and father responded:
@howespaul Great shame that it didn’t.

The classy response from Paul Howes, was not anger or insults:
This is the most offensive tweet I’ve ever had. Thanks @ross_at_home for reminding us of the evil that lurks here too.

Also, with an Opposition Leader in this country that talks about targets on the forehead of the Prime Minister (The voters of Queensland, they won’t miss… this Prime Minister [Gillard] and this Leader of the House [Albanese] have got targets on their foreheads., there is a great possibility that one day, something like this could happen here.

If you don’t like the election result, you wait and let the voters decide, you do not advocate or condone mass murder, like Tony Abbott and Ross seem to be doing.

April 14, 2012

Take Action: Save Workers: ‘Union Town’ by Tom Morello (of Rage Against The Machine download)

For the free download of Union Town by Tom Morello, visit http://saveworkers.org/ – The Coalition To Save Workers (America Votes Labor Unity Fund)

Or, listen to it here

April 3, 2012

Art – the power that a worker has against the corporation

text of image:

To a right-winger, unions are awful. Why do right-wingers hate unions? Because collective bargaining is the power that a worker has against the corporation. Right-wingers hate that.
Janeane Garofalo, Majority Report, Jun. 3, 2005

digital mischief by @redglitterx
use of Janeane Garofalos image or quote is in no way intended to imply that she in anyway endorses the contents of this post or blog

March 21, 2012

Minister Kate Ellis stands up for Marriage Equality

Kate Ellis, Adelaide MP and Minister for Employment Participation and Childcare and the Minister for the Status of Women has added her voice to the majority of Australians supporting marriage equality.

The press release from AME – Australian Marriage Equality.

Australian Marriage Equality has welcomed the support of the Federal Member for Adelaide, Kate Ellis, who has confirmed she will vote in favour of marriage equality when the issue comes to a vote later in the year. Kate Ellis is the Minister for Employment Participation and the Minister for Early Childhood and Childcare, and is also member of the SDA (Shop, Distributive & Allied Employees Association).

“Minister Ellis is one of many high profile supporters of reform in the Labor party. Her support is representative of her electorate, the membership of the SDA, and Labor’s grass root supporters”.

Mr Greenwich said Ms Ellis’s support as an SDA endorsed MP is especially noteworthy as the SDA is lead by Joe De Bruyn who is one of the nation’s staunchest gay marriage opponents:

“Ms Ellis support shows that SDA endorsed MPs can and should back this reform”

“The union movement stands for fairness and equality, and the SDA’s membership is largely young Australians who work in the retail sector, and are one of the highest demographics of support for marriage equality”.

Mr Greenwich said the latest Galaxy polling showed 67% of South Australian supported marriage equality, as did 81% of Australians aged 18 to 24. (full polling details here)

Mr Greenwich said Ms Ellis support would be welcomed by the federal cabinet, where 13 of the 22 Ministers have publically indicated support including: Chris Evans, Simon Crean, Bob Carr, Stephen Smith, Anthony Albanese, Nicola Roxon, Jenny Macklin, Penny Wong, Peter Garrett, Tanya Plibersek, Bill Shorten, Mark Butler, and Brendan O’Connor. Mr Greenwich said a number of others were still undecided. (References of support statements can be found here)

“The campaign for equality continues to win over hearts and minds in the public and the parliament. Clearly the Prime Minister was correct when she said marriage equality is inevitable”. (full details here)

For Further information contact Alex Greenwich on 0421 316 335


press release AME
additional text by @redglitterx

March 21, 2012

Art – While There Is A Soul In Prison, I Am Not Free

text of image: While there is a lower class, I am in it, where there is a criminal element, I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free. – Eugene V. Debs

Debs was a US American union leader, one of the founding members of theIndustrial Workers of the World (IWW or the Wobblies)

image by @redglitterx