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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  • conwaycaptain

    Don’t agree with the Unions getting more say but the Labour Party is governed by an educated and wealthy elite totally out of touch.

    • cows4me

      If you call those clowns educated captain then there are some teachers that could do with a serious arse kicking, they failed miserably.

      • philbest

        “Miseducated”, more like.

      • Patrick

        Educated in the sense that they attended University & were indoctrinated in leftie socialist thinking, then yes. At the end of it all they were awarded a certificate to hang on the wall & some letters to place after their name on the business cards.
        Educated in the sense that they have a clue as to how the world works, how to make the world a better place for all, then no. An abject failure & a total waste of time & money.

  • blokeintakapuna

    If Unions are the answer… Then it’s a fuckin’ stupid question!

  • Michael

    Right diagnosis, wrong treatment. Labor (and Labour) need to recapture the values of the generation prior to the baby boomers – the working man (and woman) was viewed as the ideal citizen, those that fell on hard times are helped back to their feet. Idleness was to be avoided at all costs.

    • philbest

      Kim Beazley senior said years ago, and this would be a lot more true of NZ Labour:

      “….my party used to represent the cream of the working class family man. Now urban middle class perverts have turned it into a moral spittoon….”

  • thor42

    Labour here is very sick as well.

    Labour should be praising to the skies the recent welfare reforms that mean that anyone who *can* work must look for work (even if it is only part-time). The more people in work (and the fewer on benefits), the better-off the country is.

    Instead, Labour is all about *keeping* people dependent on handouts, the reason being that they will always vote Labour.

    • Ryan

      That is what is wrong with Labour and it’s why they’re not getting my vote in next year’s General elections.

  • Custard

    “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.”
    Sounds just like most of New Zealands Union Secretaries the continue to extort their own members. Just minus the education.

  • Toryboy

    Yes those inequalities are just shocking; those poor downtrodden Australians living in abject poverty on $90,000 a year.

  • Ryan

    For once i agree with the Union labour has a long way to go before they get my vote.

  • rockape

    The Unions need to break with their traditions and seriously think. What will be best for the working man in NZ? ANational pro industry,pro low tax government or a Labour high tax and hancuffed to anti industry greens.. Their choice sadly I dont think they have the brains to make the right choice.

  • Hazards001

    I was a union member right up until the glorious day when compulsory membership was abolished.
    For most of my working life most would have thought I would be a Labour Party Supporter. A logic that failed me.
    Why the fuck would I support the party that has belittled my efforts and robbed me of my earnings in a concentrated effort to create an under class of life long beneficiaries beholden to the socialist elitist pigs that made them in the first place?
    I’m tired of being a rich prick when for most of my life I swung a shovel and climbed in and out of holes.
    Some of them almost as deep as the one Loopy LeftWing Len is in.

    • Ryan

      Agreed because i don’t see why i or anyone else should work hard only to see the socialist elitist pigs take most of your hard-earned money as taxes to support an under class of dole bludgers where all they have to do is say “i want the benefit”. But i don’t mind the benefit being given to people that actually need it such as people who are out of a job and temporarily need some help until they’re back on their feet.

      • Hazards001

        I fully support the use of my tax dollar to assist those that have fallen on hard times. i also have no issue with it being used to fund the welfare of those that have gone before us and paved the way and are no in their twilight years.
        I dead set do not support the use of my hard earned to fund people to stay at home doing SFA or to breed and collect subsidies that as a hard working man I’m not entitled too!