[Marxism] Re Freed militant unionist wants PM ousted
Pip Hinman & Peter Boyle
ppz at greenleft.org.au
Thu May 26 01:49:09 MDT 2005
Socialist Alliance statement May 26, 2005:
Craig Johnston, welcome back to the struggle!
Socialist Alliance today welcomed one of its most prominent members,
former Victorian AMWU state secretary Craig Johnston, back to freedom
and to the looming struggle against the Howard government’s industrial
Sue Bolton, a national trade union coordinator for Socialist Alliance,
said Johnston’s release yesterday from Victoria’s Loddon Prison had
“given back the union movement one of its most important generals when
he is most needed”.
“With its industrial relations ‘reforms’ the Howard government is on the
warpath against organised labour”, Bolton said. “It needs leaders who
can inspire and organise popular resistance and real on-the-streets
opposition. Craig is nothing if he is not such a leader!”
Ms. Bolton stressed that Johnston should never have received his
nine-month sentence for “affray” at Skilled Engineering and Johnson
Tiles in 2001.
“The failure of much of the union movement to oppose that criminal
witchhunt can only have encouraged Howard in his present course”, Bolton
added. “It’s high time for the ACTU and the national leadership of the
AMWU to stop distancing themselves from Craig. They should let bygones
be bygones and unite with him and all those workers who support him in
the struggle against Howard.”
Bolton said that the Socialist Alliance fully supported Johnston’s call
for a campaign to drive Howard out of office.
She concluded: “A fightback against the Coalition’s industrial relations
attacks will also be a struggle for justice for all those against whom
this awful government has committed crimes—people on welfare, refugees
and asylum-seekers, Indigenous Australia and the people of Iraq.”
Craig Johnston will be speaking at the National Trade Union Fightback
conference <http://www.socialist-alliance.org/page.php?page=415> (Trades
Hall, Melbourne, July 11) and at the Fourth Socialist Alliance National
Conference (Trades Hall, Melbourne, July 12-13).
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