49318Re: Dopey exposure as usual by Gould
- Dec 7, 2007Since Hard Right Labor apparatchik Gould is back in town, why don't
we ask him how the UnionsNSW petition is going?
Recall Gould wrote back in June: "Unions NSW is preparing a petition
directed at Kevin Rudd and the Labor leadership with five or six
minimum demands on trade union and workers' rights, in the most
careful and respectful language. My understanding is that the five
or six demands are very concrete and Unions NSW is aiming for, and
probably will get, several hundred thousand signatures to this
petition in NSW."
Then, Gould flourished the nobility of the Victorian branch of the
CFMEU, which decided to continue supporting the election of a Labor
government, and to direct its financial support to those Labor
candidates who commit to a minimum program in support of basic trade
Finally he claimed to have "canvassed in Labor Party circles the
formation of a Pledge-type national campaign around a minimum
program, particularly defending the rights of unions in the Labor
Party, and unionists in the Labor Party and society at large, and
other matters." So how is that going?
Such a result requires overcoming machine-men and machine-women whose
only reason for existence is the unPrincipled exercise of Power, and
who will be strongly supported by State ALP governments and the Right-
wing press. However desirable, such a result is infinitely
improbable. Like many contemporary apparatchiki, Gould takes the
view (dominant since at least 1983) that power is more important than
Few union functionaries show any significant signs of resistance to
Rudd's misrule. The current situation seems the logical conclusion
to the path of incestuous betrayal long practiced by powerful union
officials - as long as they can leap onto the deck of the Labor Party
yacht to collect their job for the boys and girls, it doesn't matter
to them that their leap sinks with all hands the boat that they so
Hard Right Labor apparatchik Gould actually expects us to believe
that a deeply anti-union ALP "leadership", having won power on the
explicit basis that they intend to betray working people, will then
give to the union movement all the things they told all their
supporters they'd take away from it should they win.
It was primarily the sweatshop laws that destroyed Howard and his
government, not trade unions. Note, too, that Labor owes its victory
to just 12,000 people in 9 electorates, so Howard's focus on the
marginally marginal electorates did almost work.
Unionism and worker solidarity are good things; contemporary unions,
though, are usually amongst the problems.
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