It is time for rank and file workers and all union officials to tell the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and the Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin that the wages stolen from Aboriginal workers must be paid in full. The fight against the Queensland government and its continued refusal to pay the wages earned by Aboriginal workers must now be taken up by all rank and file workers.
The attempt by Anna Bligh and her Queensland Indigenous Partnership Minister Lindy Nelson-Carr to pinch some of their pay again by pretending to help educate Aboriginal children in general must be opposed as the cynical manoeuvre that it is. While we would be delighted to see federal, state and local funds made available to educate young Aboriginals, we suggest it be funded properly and augmented by heavily taxing the top corporations and their CEOs to achieve this aim.
We call on all unionists to demand that these wages be paid by Friday, 11.00am, 2nd May. If they are not paid in Queensland then we call on all workers in Queensland to boycott the May Day March.
We intend to support our Murri sisters and brothers in solidarity on the issue by placing a picket line across the route of the March. We will regard every unionist who crosses the line to be scabbing on the their mates. .
We are a group of rank and file workers who were militantly active during the SEQEB Strike in 1985 against Bjelke-Petersen: in the MUA struggle against Corrigan, Reith and Howard 1988; and against Howard’s viscous IR laws.
We say to non-Murri comrades would any of us tolerate this situation if it had happened to us?
This is racism continued.
This is morally reprehensible.
This is union business.
For further information about where we will be grouping on May Day to effect the strategy if the wages remain unpaid.
Rank & File Group:
Honorary Member ETU
Ph: (07) 3300 1405