AWU - the union you have when you don't have a union
The phantom union the AWU has enlisted Jack Thomson to help it spend workers money to support places in parliament for AWU officials.
Jack's a great choice. He was the face of the Claytons campaign in the 1970s. Remember Claytons, the drink you have when you're not having a drink?
Jack has been enlisted by the Julia Gillard Support Team (the artists formerly known as Paul Howes and Bill Ludwig) to front TV ads.
I preferred his Claytons work. He could build on it. How's this, "The Carbon Tax, the tax that gives jobs to China when you're not giving jobs to China".
Brought to you by the AWU, the union you have when you don't have a union. Unless you want a seat in parliament.
Actor Jack Thompson recites Henry Lawson in new Australian Workers Union campaign
- by:Paul Osborne
- From: AAP
- February 17, 20133:31PM
Actor Jack Thompson features in a new AWU tv ad, where he recites a Henry Lawson poem. Picture: Katrina Tepper Source: News Limited
ACTOR Jack Thompson has been recruited for a campaign to promote the Australian Workers Union and the manufacturing sector.
In the video, titled A Union That Makes Things, Thompson rails against the "rich getting obscenely rich" just by "moving numbers on spreadsheets".
"When some of the richest people in the world are complaining about how hard they're doing - what is going on?" he says.
Thompson gives a brief economic lecture, saying the mining boom put upward pressure on the Australian dollar and created in Australia a "safe haven, a place for others to store their money".
But the high dollar, he explains, made it harder for industry to sell on the global market.
"On the shop floor, things were very different," the actor says.
"In the past five years, 130,000 manufacturing jobs gone, because someone forgot to turn the lights on and wake Australia up.
A GOOD START WOULD BE TO DROP THE CARBON TAX. OR HAND OVER YOUR HOWES.