Sunday, May 11, 2014

Australia:  Hate speech from a far-Left union

The Electrical Trades Union has apologised for comparing Prime Minister Tony Abbott to Adolf Hitler, infuriating Jewish groups who condemned the portrayal in the union's newsletter during a campaign.

The ETU released a brief statement on Friday apologising for the newsletter and pulled the offending article from its Facebook page.

"The ETU sincerely and unreservedly apologises," the statement said.  "The theme of the magazine was to show the demonisation of unions has had a long history."

The cover of the autumn newsletter for the Victorian branch of the ETU has used a digitally altered picture of Tony Abbott, complete with a tiny moustache and a tattoo on his chest similar to the Third Reich eagle.

The newsletter has been sent out to thousands of ETU members and promoted on the union's Facebook page.

Danny Lamm, president of the Zionist Federation of Australia, said it was repulsive to see a union using the deaths of millions of people under Hiter and the Nazi regime to promote a political agenda.

"It is a shameful publicity stunt that disgraces those affected by the Second World War. It is truly disappointing to see this in Australian society," Dr Lamm said.  "Whatever good work they may do as a union is totally discredited by this obscene image."



Anonymous said...

It's ironic that unions would portray their perceived enemy as Hitler,a fascist. I am part of a union because I was forced to join a union or lose my job. Many workers are forced to join an organization which actively promotes politics contrary to the workers beliefs. Sound like fascism to me.

countenance said...

What is this publication's case that Abbott is taking away rights? From half a world away, all I see is that Abbott is striking blows for the cause of free speech.