from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Long time ago, when I still believed that the Australians are interested in Australia, I had discussed with my friends the way and means of saving the country. Our ideas would have made the wimps of the Institute of Public Affairs weep with envy, for as opposed to their impractical wish list – see Fog of Chaos Pretty Plan – 23-11-12 and Wish List – 30-11-12, we were planing practical, albeit possibly illegal solutions.
For example, at one stage a certain section of the Australian mining industry was under a threat by competition from one South American country, where the non-unionised and thus exploited miners were able to bring that mineral to the market at almost a half of the Australian price. Our solution was to round up a few trade union officials, say about hundred, so that they are not missed, give them a pocket Spanish dictionary and secretly parachute them there. Once on the ground, they would do the only thing they can do, i.e. destroy the economy.
Naturally, we extrapolated the idea to the then barely emerging China, which, given that treatment, would remain on its economic knees for another century. Some of us were concerned about possible language difficulties, but, considering the abysmal ignorance of English by the organisers sent to Australia by Great Britain, we dismissed such concerns. Hammer and sickle are universal.
Returning to reality: Many of our readers have enjoyed the prompt deliveries from overseas, often by Amazon. It is likely, that for the next Christmas, they may have to order in July.
From Wall Street Journal of 18-12-13:
Amazon may be getting its first union shop in the U.S.
The National Labor Relations Board has scheduled a union-representation vote on Jan. 15 for 30 mechanics and technicians at an Amazon warehouse in Middletown, Del. The workers will choose whether to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
John Carr, a spokesman for the Machinists, said at least 30% of the 30 workers had indicated they favored filing a petition with the NLRB, though he declined to give a precise figure. The 1.2-million-square-foot Delaware warehouse, with 1,500 employees, opened last year and handles smaller items such as DVDs.
“Some employees came to us and said they wanted some help,” Carr said.
The union move comes as Amazon faces a backlash from employees in Germany, where union members have held a series of strikes over conditions at several facilities there. Amazon has successfully battled prior union efforts in the U.S., including groups of customer-service representatives.
Amazon has been on a frenzy of warehouse building to speed delivery to customers. With the addition of new workers, generally several hundred per facility, unions may see an opportunity to gain a toehold.
Amazon has been buffeted in recent months by stories describing conditions in warehouses as physically and mentally challenging, including a documentary by the BBC.”
Naturally. Unbiased BBC is the vanguard of the working class. About its own gravy train culture you can read here – Met Fraud Squad starts gathering information about huge deals and Director General salary too high.
I do not know whether, in fact, the Amazon workers are so exploited. However, this coordinated attack on Amazon would be welcomed by the governments, hoping they could grasp a bigger slice of the money; and by the retailers for the same, but to me more sympathetic, reasons. Bye bye Amazon?