Thursday, July 13, 2006

Update - July 13th - Solidarity Forever!

There is Power in a Loosely Associated Band of Non-unionised Labourers

The Websters recieve the following message on their doorstep:

After God had finished the rattlesnake, the toad, and the vampire, he had some awful substance left with which he made a scab.

A scab is a two-legged animal with a corkscrew soul, a water brain, a combination backbone of jelly and glue.

Where others have hearts, he carries a tumor of rotten principles.

When a scab comes down the street, men turn their backs and angels weep in heaven, and the devil shuts the gates of hell to keep him out.

No man (or woman) has a right to scab so long as there is a pool of water to drown his carcass in, or a rope long enough to hang his body with.

Judas was a gentleman compared with a scab. For betraying his master, he had character enough to hang himself. A scab has not.

Esau sold his birthright for a mess of pottage.

Judas sold his Savior for thirty pieces of silver.

Benedict Arnold sold his country for a promise of a commision in the british army.

The scab sells his birthright, country, his wife, his children and his fellowmen for an unfulfilled promise from his employer.

Esau was a traitor to himself; Judas was a traitor to his God; Benedict Arnold was a traitor to his country.

A scab is a traitor to his God, his country, his family and his class.
Sally thinks the strikers have resorted to hate mail but doesn't think any of the girls are smart enough to write something like that. Rosie points out that it's Jack London. They ask how she knows and says Keith told her. Sophie says Rosie's the one Googling famous quotes about scabs and printing them.

Sally feels kind of bad about not picketing and takes the day off. Besides, the replacement grannies they brought in are pretty dim and she has to do all the work.

Mike and Adam, fresh from his feed of tasty, tasty pasta, tell the strikers that what they're doing is not legal and request a meeting with Janice. Mike says she can get her job back if she promises not to let the other girls form a union, saying why get a union when they have Janice. He also says he printed up and apology and got Janice a new radio. This sounds like a great deal until Janice sees the apology is from her and the radio comes out of her pay. Her other choice is her pink slip. She chooses the apology, on the condition that it's on the down low and the other girls think she brokered the deal.

Should have gone for the wrongful dismissal suit.

Later Janice sees Sally but doesn't let her know the strike is off. She convinces Sally to picket to show her support. At the end of the day, the workers come out and Sally and Rosie accuse them of scabbing. Mike sees Sally and says he thought she was sick today. He tells her not to expect any sick pay.

There is Power in a Group of Intimidated Cabbies

Lloyd is having a meeting with the cabbies and is now with Steve on the option of showing a united front and won't be intimidated by Jimmy Clayton, even if Les thinks Moley should be sacked.

Later, Tracy plunks down Amy at the office and tells Eileen to tell Steve it's his turn to care for her. Jimmy calls and does the threatening routine. Moley comes in and Eileen tells her to take Amy to Steve's place for her safety.

Tracy gets wind of what's going on and tells Steve that Amy isn't going to be spending any more time with him or "Ronald McDonald."

There is Power in a Girdle

Kirk attempts to retrieve the Girdle of Hippolyte Blanche Hunt by buying a new one, intended for her. Cilla says that's not good enough so he steals one from her line. Cilla is satisfied and he attempts to return it, only to hear Blanche telling Ken that someone has stolen it. They find him hiding in the outhouse, clutching the girdle to his bosom. Blance hits him with her cane, telling him he'll go blind.

There is Power in an Armchair

Danny goes to London to visit his mum, or rather, confront her. He sees his dad's old chair and says how this was the chair he was sitting in when Danny first told him Carol was pregnant, he crashed the car, he made his first rhyming slang, etc. All the while he'd tear at a little hole in the arm, because Danny wasn't his son and that's why there was a distance between. Danny thought it was normal for a father to behave toward his son that way. No, Danny, that's just because you're British.

Anyway, Danny starts tearing the hole bigger and bigger until he finally breaks down and starts kicking it around. Mum thinks he's going to hit her when he collapses in tears.

What do you think? Is Danny right be upset? Should the girls start a union? Is Kirk really into lady's girdles?


missusmac said...

I loved that Danny's first move after finding out he was Mike's son was to call Frankie... and I loved that she hung up.

Shows she is growing a backbone, shows that he is really in love with her.

I feel a twinge of sorrow for Danny. He truly has no one left -- except Mike.

And whose fault is that, huh?

Jacqueline said...

I think the level of bad karma coming back to bite Danny in the ass is quite remarkable - and pretty instantanious.

He's getting a taste of what it's like when the patriarch of the family screws everyone over.

papasmurf said...

I like how Mike made Janice go and buy batteries for the radio because he wouldn't pay for the electricity to run it.

John said...

That scene is a great example of how Mike has become so successful at business - he's arrogant, for sure, but he's also incredibly smart. As pro-union as I can be, I had to take management's side in this one. It was devious and nasty but it got productivity on track, gave Janice a dressing down without humiliating her in front of her colleagues, and kept a union out of the workplace, even if Hayley thought one may be needed there.