It looks like the IR nut-jobs in the Coalition are refining their political strategy to keep working people down. Peter Reith has called for a broad-based inquiry into union behaviour and governance. The IR nut-jobs have clearly learned from the WorkChoices but it was clearly not the message that a majority of Australians were attempting to teach (you know the one about taking rights at work seriously). Instead, the idea is to use an inquiry of some description such as a Royal Commission to fundamentally weaken the independent organising capacity of the union movement. All with the added sweetener of ensuring complete corporate dominance of the hundreds of billions of dollars of workers’ capital in industry superannuation funds. Continue reading
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Do you want the good news or the bad news? Well, I always like to start with the bad news first. Things are going to get worse than you think. I mean bad, really, really bad. The good news? All I’ve got to give you is some guff about crisis and opportunity pretty much being soul-mates.
How dire am I talking about? Think the full force of the global Great Recession (call the systemic crisis what you will) finally unleashed on Australia combined with an Abbott-led government with an historic parliamentary majority. Now, put yourself in Peter Reith’s shoes, with Peter Reith’s ideology. Your mental Peter Reith should be <censored>, while the real you shudders with the thought of imminently being absolutely <censored> by Big Capital/the State. Continue reading