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(en) Australia, We need a general strike - by Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group

Date Thu, 29 Jun 2006 12:32:27 +0300

It is time to start building
Leaflet distributed today 28 June 2006 at the massive rally against
new Industrial Laws (IR) at the centre on Melbourne.
Howard's war on workers
The general thrust of Howards' anti-worker legislation is clear to all.
He wants to crush the ability of workers to say "No" to the boss, no
matter how extreme or unfair the issue. After that, the detail hardly
matters, except that if practice demonstrates Work Choices still
allows some way to oppose employer greed effectively, he'll legislate
that tactic away, as well. This is war - and we can't afford to lose.

This is war - and we can't afford to lose.

The big community rallies are both good and necessary, but they are
not enough. As workers have shown this year in both France and
Indonesia, governments who push anti-worker legislation can be
beaten. In France, it took several general strikes, but they succeeded.
It will also take a general strike to do it in Australia, since Howard
has made demolishing the unions and scrapping workers' rights the
focus of his life's work. Just voting Labor won't work, since the
Business Council of Australia will veto anything but the most token
amendments. The only way to win is to make Work Choices a dead
letter through building a massive general strike.

The rank & file have to step up

As you've probably noticed, the ACTU & the union officials aren't
exactly running to the barricades to organise a general strike. In fact,
they're obstacles to taking the necessary action. We need to build
support for this from the base, with the rank & file taking the
initiative in discussing the idea and working out how to spread it &
make it practical proposal. If the officials get on board with it, so
much the better, but if we let them take the lead, they'll only lead us
to disaster.

We need a revolution

Now for the bad news. Defeating Howard is only the start. Work
Choices is just an expression of how the employers have a
never-ending need to increase their profits. After we defeat Howard,
sooner or later some government (either Labor or Liberal) will come
back at us again, possibly with something even worse. To put a
complete end to these attacks, we have to sweep away capitalism &
the State around the world and establish a co-operative society of
freedom & equality for all.


Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group

28 June 2006

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