Monday, March 22, 2010

Time for Unions to Hang Tough

At last the work-to-rule is having an effect on the public, and near time. Irish public sector workers have been made the scapegoats for the depression, that was actually caused by Fianna Fail, banks, developers and the so-called professional classes of lawyers, accountants, auctioneers and their like.

The quality of public debate, most recently characterised by the utter shite spouted by idiots on Joe Duffy's Liveline today on RTE, is so poor that there is no point anymore in the unions getting into debate. The only thing to do is to continue and to escalate the action against this government that slashed workers wages and vilified public sector workers over the last 18 months in a concerted black propaganda campaign. And that campaign will escalate now as the government rallies its spin doctors, mouth-pieces and apologists for an assault on the airwaves where, as usual, they will get a supine, craven, uncritical audience by media that are nothing but vehicles of right-wing propaganda.

The government fooled the unions before by bringing them into negotiations last December and then walking out, making idiots of union members and their leaders. Remember the old saying: "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me."

So let's go for it, brothers and sisters, and take the fight to the government and the public. There will be problems and difficulties, but that's life.

Isn't it amazing how the people queuing outside the passport office in Dublin today suddenly realise how important the work done by those "back room" civil servants is. Different message from before, when they didn't matter; were useless; lazy bastards; less than scum; you name it, public servants were called it. Well, now the worm is turning.

My message to all the complainers: "Fuck Off."

To my union brothers and sisters: Hang tough! Keep up the struggle! Defend your pay and conditions! Fight for your rights! Bring this worthless government down!

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