Everybody knows that Queensland Labor had a Party
Everybody knows the fight was fixed so
the poor stay poor, and the rich stay rich
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows that the Bligh’s boat was leaking
Everybody knows that the captain lied
Everybody got this broken feeling
Like their father was a scab or their mother just died.
— with apologies to Leonard Cohen
Amidst the usual debate of militancy vs caution (i.e. doing nothing) what’s the strategy being put forward to win job security?
The state government program is an attack on civil society – on organisations, NGOs and unions — an attempt to privatize the public sector and to make the state debt the responsibility of workers.
At the heart of this question is the acceptance by many in our society of the right of the boss to hire and fire.
Some unions subscribe to this thinking even though it is workers who create the services, the wealth, security for young and old, and better community.
Qld Working Women’s Service Funding Cuts
Funding Cuts to Queensland Health and Communities
Management do not create jobs – they represent the owners of capital seeking profit, the quick fix, self-interest and elitism.
Even if management did side with workers the system will soon chuck them on the scrapheap as well i.e. the last person on the redundancy queue is the boss.
So where is the strategy to seek a political solution to this flaw in our consciousness —acceptance by workers of the master/servant relationship?
Once a strategy is worked out where is the organisation to ensure success?
How do workers build organisation? We have to remember that workers are the union – not someone in union office!
These are the questions we must address in the struggles ahead.
Queensland is not as bad as Greece or Spain – no matter what the pain – we have a mining boom but they have only cuts and unemployment of 25%.
Brisbane Monday 16 July: Parliament House, corner of Alice and George Streets, Brisbane CBD. 5:15pm for a 5:30pm start.
Bundaberg Friday 13 July: Assembly on Quay St, Bundaberg outside the government office building at 12:00 pm.
Cairns Friday 13 July: Assembly outside the Cairns Court House on Sheridan Street at 12:30pm.
Gold Coast Friday 13 July: Assembly outside Rob Molhoek MP’s office, 24 Musgrave Avenue Southport, at 5:15pm for a 5:30pm start.
Mackay Friday 13 July: Town Hall Park, Sydney Street Mackay at 12:30pm.
Maryborough Thursday 12 July: Corner of Alice and Lennox Streets Maryborough, 12:00pm.
Rockhampton Friday 13 July: Fountain Park George Street, opposite Hungry Jacks, 12:00pm.
Toowoomba Saturday 14 July: Margaret Street between Grand Central and Garden Town shopping centres. Start at 10:00am, finish at 11:30am.
Townsville Friday 13 July: Suncorp Building, Sturt Street Townsville, starting 12:15pm, finishing 12:45pm.
“Great response for all the regional events and rallies – be sure to keep asking friends and colleagues to come! For those planning on attending the Brisbane rally who aren’t familiar with where Parliament House is, this map may be useful.” — Together Union