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Salient. Victoria University Students' Newspaper. Volume 39, Number 25. October 4, 1976


The National Government is exceedingly fond of emphasising "democratic rights": the right of a worker to choose between voluntary and compulsory unionism (when in fact there is no choice), the rights of employers endangered by strike activity, the rights of industries seriously affected by industrial disputes and finally but most appealing the rights of Joe, or Josephine Blogg inconvenienced by political stoppages.

Predictably the right of a worker to use the only weapon at his/her disposal (i.e. withdrawal of labour) is rarely touched upon. It is legislation in the pretext of enforcing these mythical rights, that has historically paved the way to fascism.