4 July 2001
More problems, eh!
Well done, Mr Zarb
We applaud the GWU and Mr Zarb, for we believe that Mr Coleiros presence, being the extremist that he is, can only serve to diminish the credibility of the union and not enhance it.
He is vehemently against Europe, against having the Drydocks doing business with warships, against seeing any structural changes at the dockyard and, above all, he is intimately attached to his old ways.
He has held the union back from changing and reassessing its role, a feat he has accomplished by twisting the unions arm.
And let us not forget the abuse some dockyard workers, led by Mr Coleiro, wreaked on the character of Mr Zarb. Surely Mr Zarb will find such acts difficult to forget.
Mr Coleiro, as we all know, had yearned to stand as a Labour party candidate in the next general election a desire that led him to cross the limits of a union though still unabashedly close to the MLP.
However, it is a union that holds firm to the ideology that union leaders cannot be both politicians and union leaders at the same time.
Mr Zarb has come out stronger this time around and has shown that the union cannot go back on the principles that are moulding its new image.
In reality, Mr Coleiros departure is the GWUs gain. However, if he does enter the political fray and becomes part and parcel of the MLP, he will not be welcomed with open arms by the party he loves so.
In fact, many lieutenants at Mile End are suspicious of Tony Coleiro and his militant policies. They will not forget his antics with Dom Mintoff in the summer of 1998. They (the mile end folk) might appear to be close to him at present but, in truth, they view his presence as derogatory for the MLP in the long term.
We will have to wait and see if Mr Coleiro succeeds in making any substantial inroads at the MLP, an accomplishment we find to be most unlikely.
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