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(en) Australia: Text of a leaflet by the Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group - "Workers' rights" [it]

Date Sat, 02 Jul 2005 16:01:01 +0300


WORKERS' RIGHTS - USE THEM OR LOSE THEM
Capitalism is the problem - not just Howard
* Today is only the first step. The purpose of today’s rally is to assemble our
forces for the coming struggle. This needs to be the launch of an ongoing
campaign, growing till every workplace in Australia is part of it. Talk to
friends, neighbours, family, workmates. Get organised and then act. We mustn’t
stop until we win.
* Howard will go as far as we let him. The laws the Government have announced
are just the first instalment. Howard has already said he’ll be back for more
next year. They want to make effective unionism illegal and give employers
total power in the workplace. The only answer is to hit the bosses where it
hurts - the pocket. We have to use direct action to make the laws unworkable.
The courts can jail or bankrupt a few dozen, but they can’t do it to hundreds
of thousands. If we make Howard’s laws a dead letter, the bosses will turn on
him savagely and he’ll be history. If we let him roll over us, though, we can
expect even worse.

* The rank & file have to take charge. We’ve already seen how the ACTU had to
be dragged kicking and screaming into this campaign - originally they just
wanted to run TV ads. The rank & file have to control the conduct of this
dispute, by demanding regular delegate and shop steward meetings to decide the
direction of the campaign. Don’t look to the officials or (for heaven’s sake!)
the ALP for leadership - it’s not their wages & working conditions at stake.
The only good union official is one who seeks direction from the members.

* Capitalism is the problem - not just Howard If Howard didn’t exist, the
bosses would have had to invent him. Capitalism means competition and hierarchy
- poverty and oppression for many, wealth and power for the few. Unions are
built on opposite principles - solidarity and direct democracy. To make
solidarity and direct democracy prevail in society, we need to take charge
ourselves and get rid of capitalism.

THE RANK & FILE HAVE TO TAKE CHARGE

Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group
30 June 2005


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