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(en) Australia, Defend Workers' Rights - MACG Leaflet

From mac group <macg1984@yahoo.com.au>
Date Mon, 4 Apr 2005 14:22:16 +0200 (CEST)


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Please find appended a leaflet that the Melbourne Anarchist Communist group
distributed at a mass meeting of union delegates at Dallas Brooks Hall on
Wednesday 23 March 2005. The meeting was called to discuss how the union
movement was going to respond to the proposed legislation by the Liberal (i.e.
Right-wing) government of John Howard attacking the union movement.
Because we were addressing the wider working class rather than committed
anarchists, we decided that the intended readership would not be interested in
revolutionary rhetoric. Therefore, we concentrated on the issue at hand. Our
revolutionary politics, while visible to those who looked, were in the background.
In Solidarity, ------------- A. ----- for MACG.

DEFEND WORKERS' RIGHTS -- DEFEAT HOWARD'S ANTI-UNION LAWS


* If we don't fight, we lose.
Howard fights to win and so should we. Lying low won't save us
and neither will running a PR campaign or waiting for a Labor
government. Only direct action will do it, either by making Howard
back down or by turning his laws into a dead letter. We have to
inform our workmates, our friends & families and our
communities, since they won't read the truth in the Herald-Sun.


* Howard will be back for more.
Destroying the unions is his life's work. He's already said that
passing the laws previously held up by the Senate is only the first
instalment. With the Business Council, the press and all the
Right-wing think tanks baying for blood, Howard will go as far as
we let him. If we sit back & cop it, the anti-union laws will just
keep coming & coming.


* The rank & file must control the dispute.
We need regular delegates' meetings to direct the campaign,
combined with workplace meetings to brief the members & get
instructions from them. There must be no repeat of the 1992-93
campaign against Kennett's anti-union laws. The ACTU nobbled
that dispute and Trades Hall caved in - even though we had
Kennett on the ropes (as he admitted himself later on). The
officials' job is to work, not to make decisions over our heads.
They're responsible for the mess the union movement is in now, so
letting them run the show in our hour of danger is inviting disaster.


* Solidarity & direct democracy beat competition & hierarchy
For workers to fight the bosses' attacks, we need solidarity & direct
democracy. For a society with freedom & equality for all, we also
need solidarity & direct democracy. By re-forging our unions on
these principles, we build the new society in the shell of the old.


THE RANK & FILE MUST TAKE CONTROL

Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group
23 March 2005
For a copy of our Aims & Principles, write to:
PO Box 2120 Lygon St North
East Brunswick 3057


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