Misconceived decision by LGS
Around 10:15 am on Wednesday 3 September 2014, the LGS Board resolved to remove the negative screen against investment in uranium/nuclear which had been adopted by the Board in 2000. The Board believes nuclear was a better option than fossil fuels. We prefer the five or six renewable energy options ourselves because they come without the security and waste management risks, the distraction of funding from genuine renewable energy development, the massive carbon emissions from construction and the ten-year lead time, which are unavoidable with nuclear.
depa will run this clock on how long it has been since that misconceived decision
and so we can measure how long it is before the decision is reversed.
“It’s all the fault of bullying union bosses...”
Well, those of us who work in the trade union movement have had a pretty rough time over recent years: crooks; fraudsters; posers; dishonest informants; embezzlers of union funds; prostitutes on union credit cards; other private expenses on union credit cards; thugs; stand over people; criminal officials; a union signing EAs with big retail employers where the employers deliver union membership for their employees and the union agrees to reduced rates of pay, the reputation of unions has taken a real battering.
Union bosses get blamed for everything, as Alan Moir demonstrates in this fabulous cartoon from the Sydney Morning Herald a couple of weekends ago - the original of which, with a number of other fabulous Moir observations, sits happily on the wall in our office.
But now, the trade union movement is being asked to accept responsibility for something else.
It doesn’t matter whether it’s crooked bosses swindling employees at 7-Elevens, or leaseholders at Caltex, or sexually harassing staff at places like Honey Birdette, apparently it’s all our fault.
There has been lots of news recently about crooked, rapacious and greedy employers ripping off staff whether they be students, migrants or simply unaware of their rights. The articles identify the incapacity of government to properly regulate employment and the media is now pointing the finger at the trade union movement. It’s no coincidence, they say, that there is such a prevalence of staff being ripped off, abused and treated poorly - it’s because unions are in decline with a gradually declining membership and influence. What, because union membership is in decline, it’s the unions’ problem that no one can protect people who aren’t union members?
Steady on, you lot. While unions have had their reputation battered by the bad behaviour of a tiny minority of officials, unions still continue to do their job protecting the interests of their members in the workforce. Governments downsizing, slashing and burning regulatory bodies, failing to properly fund the inspectorate function of the Fair Work Commission to allow inspectors to be out and about ensuring that employees are properly paid, ensuring that employees know their rights etc..
Despite a few bad apples, we still eat apples and despite the few bad apples the trade unions still remain the only organisations capable of protecting you at work, telling you your entitlements and enforcing them, and looking after your interests. For our part, we’re squeaky clean, all members get our financial statements each year and you can come up to our office anytime you like and look at anything, even our proud wall of Moir cartoons.
Signup someone you work with who isn’t a member of ours today!