19654Re: What Bob Gould fails to mention
- Jul 6, 2005--- In GreenLeft_discussion@yahoogroups.com, "Ed Lewis" <ozleft@o...>
>"More weeks of industrial action like the one just past are obviously
> Are you telling me there's argy bargy at Unions NSW, Nick, and there
> were different opinions on how to organise the protests, whether
> there should be stopworks, etc? And here I was thinking Labour
> Council heavies sat around holding hands and sipping cups of herbal
> Of course there were differences of opinion. That's not evidence of
> any lack of democracy, but of reasonably democratic (although far
> from perfect) processes at work. I might not agreee with exactly how
> all those discussions turned out, but that's no reason to demonise
> people who in the end led a pretty effective beginning to a long
> campaign and who for better or worse will probably be there
> throughout the campaign.
> It looks to me like you've picked up a bit of static from a few
> people who were involved in those discussions and you've blown that
> out of all proportion. I'd be taking more notice if some of the
> people who were involved in the rough and tumble were going public
> with their views, but I haven't noticed anything like that. The
> whining on this list a few days ago struck me as very short-sighted,
> although the coverage in Green Left was slightly more balanced.
> Finally, I noticed someone or other whinging about the protests in
> NSW being held at indoor venues and some workers being angry that the
> venues were too small and they couldn't get in. A leadership that
> organised outdoor meetings in the middle of winter during a week of
> heavy rain also would have copped some flak. Of course, the day of
> the meetings turned out to be the first dry day for a week, but no
> one could predict that with any confidence.
essential, as the legislation is drafted and makes it way through the
Parliament. But this sort of action has a law of diminishing returns -
as those who participated in the war protests learned - if having
established the benchmark, the movement is defined by how the numbers
on the street are maintained. And there is always the danger of
alienating the public if demonstration becomes obstruction
"More constructive is community activity aimed at hitting coalition
MPs a where they hurt - their local electorates. This is the phase the
campaign is now moving into - mobilising communities to ask their
representatives where they stand on this most basic of issues."
- Unions NSW's Workers Online editorial
Your over-eagerness to expose the DSP seems to be blinding you to the
obvious fact that the Unions NSW leadership has an extremely
conservative and defeatist approach to this campaign. July 1 was meant
to be a series of meetings in which the union rank and file endorsed
the Unions NSW leadership resolution without discussion or the right
to raise any alternatives. It only became a sort of
rally/demonstration because of (a) the pressure built up from the June
30 mass strikes and rallies in Victoria, WA and Qld (in the first two
states decided by mass delegates meetings where discussion was
allowed); and (b)the broad enthusiasm in the union ranks in NSW for
mass industrial action (expressed in bigger than expected turnouts to
the July 1 meetings but also expressed in the Unions NSW Sky Channel
delegate meetings on May 27.)
Now the Workers Online editorial tells us that further mass
industrial/political action will bring diminishing... and we should
look forward to bringing Howard to account the next federal elections.
That gets the Workers Online editor talking really tough:
"When the time comes to pass judgment at the ballot box we can not
allow this leader to pull another rabbit from the hat.
"We need to wedge him between the family values he uses as a crutch
and the cold hard free market ideology that he espouses.
"We need to have the Australian workforce waiting for him with the
proverbial baseball bat - the same one they used on Keating when he
over-stepped the line and put the economy ahead of people."
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