THE CLEAN UP THE UNIONS
Visitors to this site have asked why this site has been called the St.Patrick page.
Those that know Irish history will be aware of the story of how St. Patrick banished the snakes from Ireland.
Well , as some of the 22, 000 members who did not vote for the present Union Executive.(Only 3800 voted for these people, now thats a gerrymander,if ever there was one)We are determined to drive out the snakes from the Union movement within Local Government , in New South Wales , Australia.
We will accept feedback from any interested parties , from any political color or persuasion , from any ethnic background , and any religious beliefs , we are truly inclusive of all peoples.
Our only purpose is to clean up the Unions involved in Local Government , through proper and transparent policy , and procedure in implementing this policy.
We will achieve this through the legislation introduced by the Howard Liberal government , rather than just arguing the point for temporary political point scoring.
We will ensure that integrity returns as a core attribute of Union Employees , who for far to long have been unaccountable to no-one but themselves. There will be regular audits not only on their expenses , but their work diaries , to ensure than the excessive wages they are at present being paid , are at least in some way recuperated by the membership.
For too long , has the local club and the management boardroom has been the home of these recalcitrant and sometimes incompetent Union employees.
This Must End!
As ye sow , so shall ye
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This treasure consists of Press Releases from the Clean Up the Unions in Local Government Campaign.
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Patrick is most known the world over for having driven the snakes from Ireland. Different tales tell of his standing upon a hill, using a wooden staff to drive the serpents into the sea, banishing them forever from the shores of Ireland. One legend says that one old serpent resisted, but the saint overcame it by cunning. He is said to have made a box and invited the reptile to enter. The snake insisted the box was too small and the discussion became very heated. Finally the snake entered the box to prove he was right, whereupon St Patrick slammed the lid and cast the box into the sea. While it is true there are no snakes in Ireland, chances are that there never have been since the time the island was seperated from the rest of the continent at the end of the ice age. As in many old pagan religions serpent symbols were common, and possibly even worshipped. Driving the snakes from Ireland was probably symbolic of putting an end to that pagan practice. While not the first to bring Christianity to Ireland, it was Patrick who encountered the Druids at Tara and abolished their pagan rights. He converted the warrior chiefs and princes, baptizing them and thousands of their subjects in the Holy Wells which still bear that name. According to tradition St. Patrick died in A.D. 493 and was buried in the same grave as St. Bridget and St. Columba, at Downpatrick, County Down. The jawbone of St. Patrick was preserved in a silver shrine and was often requested in times of childbirth, epileptic fits and as a preservative against the evil eye. Another legend says St. Patrick ended his days at Glastonbury and was buried there. The Chapel of St. Patrick still exists as part of Galstonbury Abbey. There is evidence of an Irish pilgrimage to his tomb during the reign of the Saxon King Ine in A.D. 688, when a group of pilgrims headed by St. Indractus were murdered.
The great anxiety displayed in the middle ages to possess the bodies, or at least the relics of saints, accounts for the many discrepant traditions as to the burial places of St. Patrick and others. And St. Patrick and the shamrock?