The Ballad of 1891 goes to the football ground

In news just to hand...
The ACTU has set the date for the next national day of action for November 30th.
Furthermore, the CFMEU has set up a web page to support the 107 workers who are being fined for striking in Western Australia. That's HERE.
But then comes the pressing issue of whether the citadel of football and things done with creases & in white pants -- the Melbourne Cricket Ground -- should be hired for what should be the largest protest among all those nationally on November 30th.
Apparently the MCG is supposed to be too haughty-taughty to house such a thing as a workers' protest action. The word has it that some of the notables among the cricket club membership think the hallowed ground is above such plebeian use value.
I wonder who these old farts think built it?
As the Victorian Trades Hall Council secretary, Brian Boyd, told the Herald Sun it made sense to hold a workers' rally at the ground.

"We are the people, the working people of Melbourne and Victoria. The same sort of people who go to the footy are the ones who come to our rallies," he said.
The irony is that the barrage of attacks on trade unions over the last two decades began back in 1984 around the issue of the construction of the light towers for the MCG. It was that dispute that led in quick succession to the active de-registration of the Builders Labourer's Federation (by federal and state Labor governments) and the trail of Norm Gallagher.
Now they want to lock the workers out of the MCG!--home of the 1956 Olympics and the Melbourne vs Collingwood grand final two years later!
THINKS: Now that was moment -- a great reversal of form when Collingwood tuned the tables on Melbourne to win the premiership 12.10.82 to 9.10.64.
I guess the proles will just have to take over the city again as they've done in protests past. But squeezing your working class all into the MCG makes for a cosy one-for-all/ all- for- one event -- especially when the stands hold little more than 100,000. Very squeesy I'd expect. You see, as I was told once,"The working class is large, comrade." And so it is.
And while you're considering that width and depth thing, how diverse and how broad we all are, note that the CFMEU workers aforementioned face court on Tuesday August 29th (so mark that date down in the diary).
Why should you?you ask. Well they've each been fined $28,000 and since these 107 construction workers were served with writs, around 38 metalworkers from Pinjarra in WA have been served with writs over "illegal"industrial action taken last year.
This context, and everything is context nowadays,suggest a few lines from an old song, surely the best workers' ballad this country has produced-- Helen Palmer's The Ballad of 1891
To trial at Rockhampton
The fourteen men were brought:
The judge had got his orders,
The squatters owned the court.
But for every one was sentenced
A thousand won't forget
Where they gaol a man for striking
It's a rich man's country yet.
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