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  • bobgould987
    Apr 30, 2007
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      By Bob Gould

      I'm working on an overview of the Labor Party national conference and
      the subsequent hysteria of the bourgeoisie about the new industrial
      relations policy, and what it means.

      These are contradictory developments that require careful description
      and analysis.

      The incorrigible Dave Riley belts out a nonsensical
      better-worse-the-better position about Laborism in his inimitable way
      claims for the 200th time that Laborism is totally finished and the
      Socialist Alliance can arise from the ashes. He'll be a long time waiting.

      Norm Dixon posts a leaflet signed by some trade union activists, in
      the first instance Dean Mighell, titled an Open Letter to the ALP
      Conference. The difficulty with that document is that despite its
      sensible sentiments, I and others saw no evidence that it was
      distributed to delegates at the conference. What I and others did see
      was the ubiquitous Jacqueline on behalf of the Socialist Alliance
      yelling aggressively hostile remarks at the delegates as they went in.

      In the industrial relations debate there were 18 speakers, including
      Michele O'Neil, Dean Mighell, Dave Noonan (Victorian CFMEU) and Dave
      Oliver (AMWU), who the DSP is quite sensibly supporting in the current
      Metalworkers Union election. These four, in particular, were properly
      critical of the aspects of the IR proposals that were unacceptable to
      militant unions.

      Nevertheless, they all stressed that on balance they supported the IR
      proposals despite reservations, as the best that was on offer. They
      all voted for the resolution, which was carried unanimously.

      Since the conference the media and many employer organisations have
      gone ballistic, saying the Labor IR policy makes far too many
      concessions to unions and workers.

      The situation is clearly contradictory.

      The four senior union officials I mentioned are important figures in
      the broad labour movement and are often presented by the DSP
      leadership as part of the militant trade union current. In they normal
      course of events they have much more clout in the workers movement
      than either Bob Gould or the DSP.

      I strongly suggest to Norm Dixon and Green Left that they interview
      these four militant ALP union leaders to get their views on the
      current situation facing the workers movement, which ought inevitably
      to include their views on why it was necessary to vote for the
      resolution at the same time as being critical of it.

      Sensible, in-depth interviews like that would be more use than
      Potemkin village meanderings from Dave Riley or leaflets produced
      after the event for the record that don't appear to have been widely
      distributed to conference delegates.
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