laws are the Trojan Horse of the police state
The Blue Collar Bohemian
The drug test strike by Sydney rail workers on May 11 was yet another
example of the level of frustration and disgust with harassment by RailCrap
The strike was ''settled'' by the union bosses selling out the strikers
by agreeing that testing should continue while they ''negotiated'' to
preserve the ''dignity'' of the workers. In other words, a typical gutless
sellout by ALP stooges to appease the government.
urine testing of rail workers is not a safety issue it is the
controlling of people outside work hours with bogus tests that do not
prove any impairment. This bullshit was introduced after two accidents
in an attempt to show the government was ''doing something'', even if
that something achieved nothing more than intimidation of non-conformists.
The fact it was introduced by Michael Costa in a staggering display
of hypocrisy makes it doubly despicable, a double standard galling in
its hubris and dishonesty. The amount of intrusion by bosses into the
lives of employees is reaching outrageous heights. Micro-management
of every aspect of workers' lives can only increase the levels of stress
and lack of autonomy felt by those of us who are in no position to make
Every honest study of workplace health indicates the less control a
worker has, the higher the incidence of stress related illness, the
lower the morale and the greater the impact on families and personal
The rail industry has one of the highest incidences of family breakdown
of any industry something the bosses don't care about as these
losers have already sacrificed their families and relationships on the
altar of ''career'', and resent anyone who hasn't.
Of course there are all the wonderful ''caring'' services on offer
counselling, ''rehabilitation'', sympathetic ears etc, etc, but only
the docile and trusting use them as few take seriously all their crap
about confidentiality or other guarantees of protection from discrimination
The ''self-identify and you'll be helped'' crap offered to drug users
was a farce everyone knew what was happening and if you did self-identify
you lost overtime, allowances and everything you needed to make ends
meet, and made yourself an easy target for the ''random'' piss-in-a-jar
squads. This is the duty-of-care? What a joke.
So where are the unions in all this? Docilely up the arse of the ALP
government that introduced this rubbish in the first place. As the paid
officials line up for the safe seats and MLC places, they won't bite
the hand they hope will feed them, and they certainly won't be piss
tested themselves. Just as they piked over the workers' comp changes
they pike over this. One of them told me, ''We can't strike over this
the Telegraph will attack us!''.
While the sniffer dogs sniff and the piss jars fill, the lesson of all
this prohibition bullshit goes by all the people who are sure it won't
worry them : the drug laws are the Trojan Horse of the police state,
and it's inside the gates and shitting cops everywhere.
Prohibition is an abject failure whatever it seeks to ban: sex, drugs,
gambling, you name it. Abraham Lincoln said when opposing alcohol prohibition,
''You can't ban an appetite''. But then Joseph Goebbels said, ''You
don't tell a little lie, you tell a big one, and you tell it over and
over again''. It's obvious which of those two has the running in 2005
in Bob the Gaoler's Punishment World theme park.
Blue Collar Bohemian