Union man speaks out, describes Labor as a ‘sick organisation’

I am sure the same allegations could be levelled against Labour here, but in Australia it seems that there are still real problems between the unions and the ALP.

LABOR is a “sick organisation” that shouldn’t rush to get back to power, a leading union figure says.

Tony Sheldon, who heads the Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) and is also vice president of the ALP, says he welcomes the reforms that saw Bill Shorten elected Labor leader but says more needs to be done.

“Our party is currently a sick organisation,” he said in a speech at the University of Technology Sydney on Friday.  

“Thanks to the leadership election we have picked up new members … but there is a mighty long way to go.”

One necessary reform, he said, was boosting the union voice so members had as much say in the party’s leadership as caucus and party members.

“Without continuing union representation Labor risks becoming a pale imitation of the US Democratic Party, which today is so dominated by the opinions of an educated and wealthy elite that it is incapable of ever redressing the shocking inequalities that bedevil its people.”


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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