Living The Dream at Labour Day 2018

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Image by Collective Action ‘a revolutionary anarchist group based in so-called Melbourne, Australia.’

In this episode Dave (@withsobersenses) grabs a recorder and heads to the Labour Day rally. He interviews friends and comrades about the rally, what they think the impact of #ChangeTheRules has been, and if there is any opportunity to broaden and open up struggle? Due to a moments hestitation he didn’t try to interview Sally McManus as she walked past.

Music by Alistair Hulet

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  1. It is very good that you do this, Dave. This May Day, you approached me to do a vox pop but ended up doing one with another person. On the march I carried and held up a banner ‘Workers of all countries Unite!’ with a graphic showing workers breaking their chains. Pasted onto the banner was a sticker with

    You were still on the train and missed the march from Wharf Street.

    So, concerning your first question of numbers at the Labour Day march 2018.

    There was certainly larger than 5 thousand and more than 10 thousand that some of your interviewees said … but regardless of numbers it is a mass movement. As you know it is not all about the numbers. In her speech Ros McLennan (QCU Secretary) said 50 thousand people attended the event. There were noticeably more people along the route.

    May Day (Labour Day) in Brisbane is more than a social democratic reformist rebadging of May Day … it is the only place in the calendar year where masses of rank-and-file workers and their families come together in one place.

    The ‘change-the-rules’ campaign was launched at this May Day and is more than a mouthing of those words, it is more than arbitration … there was no attempt to critically define what those words mean.

    The Right-to-Strike is not lawful while the legislation against secondary boycotts still exists in the Fair Work Act. And even if it were lawful the boss is never going to put up with militant striking workers and will go on strike themselves if workers fightback.

    Indigenous struggles have always been connected with the workers movement going all the way back to the beginnings of militant trade unionism in Queensland in the 1880s and 90s. Eddie Mabo came from the rail union … Eddie learnt his considerable political skills as a delegate in the union movement as did many of his brothers and sisters.

    ‘The Left’ has to do more than ‘othering’ the Labor Party … it has to get its own house in order.

    in solidarity,
    Ian Curr
    Sacked Worker and life-time union member
    Paradigm Shift 4ZZZ fm 102.1 Fridays at Noon.

  2. The sticker read: “Your Rights at work are worth fighting for”. The rank and file of the union movement did not write the rules (Fair Work Act) introduced by the Rudd Labor Government.

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