Union Scum

Unions worldwide are pretty scummy, when they aren’t being racist, sexist or bullies they are using public events to their own ends:

Workers should target the Olympics as part of their campaign against the Government’s spending cuts, Len McCluskey, the leader of Britain’s largest union has said.

Mr McCluskey, the general secretary of Unite – Labour’s largest donor – said exploiting the games would be justified.

“If the Olympics provide us with an opportunity, then that’s exactly one that we should be looking at,” Mr McCluskey told the Guardian.

His remarks came as the RMT transport union announced that it was planning to hold a strike ballot among tube workers after rejecting the offer of a £500 Olympics bonus.

But Mr McCluskey was unrepentant over his readiness to threaten the showpiece event, which will see the Olympics return to Britain for the first time since 1948.

“The attacks that are being launched on public sector workers at the moment are so deep and ideological that the idea the world should arrive in London and have these wonderful Olympic Games as though everything is nice and rosy in the garden is unthinkable.”


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  • Matt McCarten was going to do the same thing with RWC2011, but it never eventuated; which was probably good for his health.

  • SalaciousTCrumb

    Ah the cold sting of irrelevancy. Must sting like a bitch.

  • Killjoy

    So, they’re going to get paid for the hours they work and presumably get an extra 500GBP in the hand to compensate for extra/ busier work load?
    Sounds fair.

    We had thousands of people VOLUNTEER to help with RWC2011 to make that a success and everyone enjoyed the benefits of that- most rewards were non financial.

    I’m so sick of entitlement mentality.

    “Ask not what your country can do for you- ask what you can do for your country” John F Kennedy

  • Kosh103

    And back in NZ, more unions are going on strike for fair pay and conditions.

    Employers, time to wake up and treat workers right.

    • Jimbob

      I think Kosh, you are seeing the beginning of the end with Unions.  They are all rising up to save their necks but they haven’t seen the undertow dragging them down! 

      • Kosh103

        The people at the top worry when the plebs are unhappy.

      • Euan Rt

        I expect you have knowledge of plebs kosh, but where is this knowledge of people on top come from?

  • Greg M

    I have had enough of the line ” all bosses are bastards” Hands up all of you who know an employer who is going without so he / she can make up their employees wages each week.
    At the moment I have both hands up.

    • Bafacu

      You’got me in a dilemma – I only have 2 hands to hold up.

    • jonno1

      My son (31 years old) employs 12 men in the building industry. Every Thursday he struggles to pay their wages – not because he’s incompetent, it’s largely due to late & non-payers. He pays his staff above-average wages (that’s another element of the cashflow problem, but OTOH it helps inspire loyalty and good performance), and manages to meet the wage bill somehow! The rare non-performer is invited to leave – not usually by him, but by their co-workers.

      He & his wife (who BTW is a full-time mum of 3) have recently sold a rental property and also down-sized their own house to increase working capital. Sure, he’ll come right when (if) the economy recovers, but that will take some time.

      PS  All 5 plus the cat are staying with us while the “new” house is made habitable (yes, they’ve gone from a beautiful modern home to a bigtime “do-up”). Fortunately we have three spare bedrooms, two-and-a-half spare bathrooms and plenty of parking…

      • Gazzaw

        By labour logic Jonno your son is a rich prick & one of ‘them’ (a boss) who deserves to be taxed until his eyes water. If its of any consolation my ex-business partner & I went through the same problems in our early days but we continued our policy of paying well above industry award wages plus productivity bonusses & it all came right. When we sold our business in 2000 we had over 200 employees and were considered one of our industry’s best employers and that was the basis of our international success. It will all come right for your son if he can get through the current downturn.

        We started our company back in the days of compulsory unionism and our staff fought the bastards alongside us. They had automatic access to our company & could walk in any time to pressure the staff. The union rep eventually got the message with the staff letting down his tyres whilst being ‘entertained’ in the staffroom & other minor harassments.    

      •  you live on struggle st there..do ya..?..jonno..?

        ..only ‘two and a half spare bedrooms’..?

        oh.!..cry me a river..!


        ..(and you can put it away now..eh..?..).

        [email protected]

      • politically unstable

         Ure has low comprehension  eh?

        …the post was about jonnos sons business

        …not about jonno

        …get some glasses!?

        …or get some reading lessons

        …cry me a person with some common sense!

      • jonno1

        @Gazzaw & politically unstable – thanks for your support.

        @phil – I put the in the PS just for you – and no, I’m not going to justify it (explaining is losing), although I will say just one thing: I’m over 60 and have worked full-time for more than 40 years. Think about it.

        [Had to reply to myself!]

    • Vikingonmars

       I know so many and many more who are struggling to find enough work. Business people who have survived till now but are going backwards again.I have just commented on Judith Collins rant about jobs. These people really do live in a rarified place. Both the statistics that have been published this week and a walk around talking to business people will tell tham that jobs are a rarity and we now have over educated people doing all sorts of menial tasks to survive. Waste of money paid to the education sector. That sector consumes far more money than justified. Time to attack that elephant.
      Jobs will only return when policy allows employers to be competitive with their product. To do that then all the other input costs have to help that end. Wages and conditions included.
      Problem is, those in power don’t seem to understand that simple truth.

  • Quintin Hogg

    Both of my hands are up as well.

  • Bafacu


    “The problems we face today are
    there because the people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who
    vote for a living”

    This was written by a 21 yr old female who gets it. It’s her future she’s
    worried about and this is how she feels about the social welfare system
    that she’s being forced to live in! These solutions are just common sense
    in her opinion. NOT included in this outburst are Superannuitants,
    we’ve paid our taxes and earned our retirement !!


    Nov 18, 2011 

    Put me in charge . . . 

    Put me in charge of WINZ food grants. I’d get rid of  cash for potato chips or
    chocolate, just money for 50kg bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese
    and all the powdered milk you can haul away. If you want steak and
    frozen pizza, then get a job. 

    Put me in charge of Healthcare. The first thing
    I’d do is to get women Norplant birth control implants or tubal
    ligations. Then, we’ll test recipients for drugs, alcohol, and nicotine
    and document all tattoos and piercings. If you want to reproduce or use
    drugs, alcohol, smoke or get tats and piercings, then get a job. 

    Put me in charge of government housing.Ever live in a military
    You will maintain our property in a clean and good state of repair.
    Your “home” will be subject to inspections anytime and
    possessions will be inventoried. If you want a plasma TV or Xbox 360,
    then get a job and your own place. 

    Put me in charge of compulsory job search. In
    addition, you will either present a check stub from a job each week or
    you will report to a “government” job. It may be cleaning the
    roadways of trash, painting and repairing public housing, whatever we
    find for you. We will sell your 22 inch rims and low profile tires and
    your blasting stereo and speakers and put that money toward the “common

    Before you write that I’ve violated someone’s rights, realize that all
    of the above is voluntary. If you want our money, accept our rules..
    Before you say that this would be “demeaning” and ruin their
    “self esteem,” consider that it wasn’t that long ago that
    taking someone else’s money for doing absolutely nothing was demeaning
    and lowered self esteem. 

    If we are expected to pay for other people’s mistakes we should at
    least attempt to make them learn from their bad choices. The current
    system rewards them for continuing to make bad choices. 

    AND While you are on Gov’t subsistence, you no longer can VOTE! Yes
    that is correct. For you to vote would be a conflict of
    interest…..You will vote for a ‘welfare’ Govt. only. You will
    voluntarily remove yourself from voting while you are receiving a Gov’t
    welfare check. If you want to vote, then get a job. 




    • Blokeintakapuna


      Wish these “anonymous” hackers would hack Red Alert and plaster this wisdom all over their site…

      Couldn’t say it better myself! 

    • Davo

      Is this simply pure far right hyperbole or the misguided rantings of a redneck?  Perhaps we should lump in disabled people, deprive them of their basic rights because they are perceived as bludging scum?  Last time I read such subintellectual, bigoted drivel was in a book detailing the social policies of the German NSDAP.  Thank God the top brass in the National party haven’t stooped to your ideological level.  Yet.

      • Davo

         And furthermore, isn’t (or wasn’t) Mr Slater a beneficiary?

  • John

    “The Maritime Union recognizes the importance of not relying on achieving its goals simply through parliamentary methods, and will continue to use industrial tactics and community campaigns to further the interests of the majority, the working class.” Quote c dec 2011. This quote is taken at the end of an article, posted during the election titled “Election 2011”..I believe it shows that the union/ unions. Will attempt to overthrow the govt. of the day unless the agree with everything the union demands. ie this is a political action by the union, not an industrial one!

    • Agent BallSack

      Nothing about the unions is democratic. What parliamentary means? All they can do is threaten and bully.

  • OBLtourist

    I note that the UK Labour party were quick to dismiss this idea from the UNITE union. I wonder if Labour MPs here would be as quick to dismiss a similar idea for the ext big event we have in NZ?