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03-19-2007, 06:39 PM
I want my Uncle Wes Back


You never shifted darling Uncle Wes-they did”

“I left the labor party Louie when they left labor."
Heart sounds here-

Joined at 14-Converted on a number 14 Tram in Wellington.

Iam wide smiling-he told the best stories in the world-right till the
Last time I saw him in the hospice-Carol and Debbie had scooped him
Up and out-He was all light by then.
They took him 2the races-he saw his Gran Daughter ride.

“Ya know Louie-this chemo is not going to cure me”

I wanted to start quoting from Dennis Leary’s Edinburgh
Festive show-Aka 1988-?- No Cure For Cancer-I did bar and VIP room with drinks.

So easy to go side ways; Away from the grief and sorrow of Uncle Wes not here.
I use to wash it off-Its like he’s in the building next door.
10 months gone now-the first month-always when Iam awake
I have candle under his photo-is of me and him-Trio with a donkey in the back-beat

I want him back-I wanta say good-bye again-Please.
I dry wash my face with hands to feel comfort-I rock like Iam in rabid Prayer
I want my Wes back now-He was always my protector.

I didn’t go to jail cos Michelle had the sense to Tell Uncle Wes
Louise is on her way to jail and I was-anxiety at it"s clown tripping worst

In Cute Punk Tartan-with my dread lock hair-
The townies in there would have had me smashed over by Noon

Uncle Wes you never left me-your imprint always popping out
Smooch you - I wanta love you up

Heart Sounds here Co Co Co

I want my Uncle Wes Back


03-19-2007, 09:14 PM
..heart sounds here........

03-19-2007, 09:14 PM
Very special piece Poodles

Writing is good....

A tribute often leaves the soul lighter

03-19-2007, 10:22 PM
((((IP)))) May God bless and Keep you snuggled in his Grace and loving arms-xoxoxoxo

(((Bard)))) _ Ive been crying-is good-I just miss him so each day-
I do feel lighter-I know he hears me-

Ive started writing about our time together-The Union Marches-The 1981 Anti-Springbok Rugby Tour-the times he took me out for lunch and Iam All Punk and ppl's are staring-ppl"s from Japan taking photos of me-heck a tour bus off them-Nothing phased Uncle Wes- He valued ALL ppl"s-he would give you the last shilling outta his pocket as young man-and the last $10 as an Adult-

He Loved Humanity -he accepted ppl's where they were and how they were-

Heart Sounds Here

03-19-2007, 10:28 PM
Nothing phased Uncle Wes- He valued ALL ppl"s-he would give you the last shilling outta his pocket as young man-and the last $10 as an Adult-

He Loved Humanity -he accepted ppl's where they were and how they were-

Yeah sweety, its easy to love a loving guy like that

And hard to livie without em too

Keep writing those tributes dear heart

Wes sounds worthy indeed

Love ya kiddo..

03-20-2007, 04:08 PM

For other members who know nothing of Poodles Uncle Wes

((((Bard))))--iam not sure if I psoted this before is on line Obit of my Uncles life - work-

Wes Cameron

- Murray Horton

In Watchdog 62 (September 1989) I wrote: “The first demonstrations I went on against the Vietnam War featured several trade union speakers. Four linger in my memory – Wes Cameron, :thumbsup Dave Morgan, Gordon Walker and Hugh McCrory.

They played a signal role in broadening my understanding of the central importance of the biggest single sector of the population – the Working Class. All four stood out for particular reasons – Walker for sheer size, Cameron by a voice like a concrete mixer, Morgan by a concrete mixer voice with an Aussie accent. And McCrory, the slightest, most self-effacing of them, by his broad Scottish accent…”.

That was from my obituary of Hugh McCrory. Gordon Walker quit the union movement and moved to Australia decades ago. Dave Morgan moved to Wellington and went on to be the national leader of the former Seamen’s Union for more than quarter of a century. It is now part of the Maritime Union of New Zealand (with whom CAFCA continues to have a very active working relationship) and Dave is in semi-retirement from the union movement.

The second of that quartet of Christchurch union leaders who so impressed me back in 1969 has now died.

Wes Cameron died in May 2006, aged 77, in Timaru. Wes had been out of the union movement and Christchurch for 20 or so years, I hadn’t seen him in decades and I didn’t know him personally. Unlike Hugh McCrory or Dave Morgan, CAFCA never worked with Cameron’s union, the Meat Workers. His involvement with that union spanned from the late 1960s until the mid 80s, rising from rank and file freezing worker to delegate to branch president to fulltime organiser to Canterbury secretary.

Those were the days when the freezing works were a key, indeed probably the key, part of the economy and industrial disputes there were bitterly fought, involving the Government as well as the meat companies and farmers. National Prime Ministers routinely fulminated about the freezing workers “holding the country to ransom” (funnily enough, they never directed that invective at the transnational meat companies or the farmers).

In The Thick Of That Era Of Militant Unionism.

Those were the days when unions were to the forefront of progressive political struggles –

I knew Wes because of his involvement in the epic campaign against the Vietnam War,

and the other big issues of the day, such as the battle against New Zealand’s sporting ties with apartheid South Africa,

the campaign for a nuclear free NZ,

the original anti-bases USA campaign.

From 1974-85 Wes was president of the Canterbury Trades Council, which used to hold regular, well attended meetings where the big issues of the day, both industrial and political, were discussed and action taken.

Many’s the time I attended and/or spoke at a Trades Council meeting. Today there is no such body and no such meetings. Wes was a nationally important union leader, being a long time executive member of the former Federation of Labour (FOL).

In 1979 he unsuccessfully stood for FOL President (the late Jim Knox got the job).

In 1985 he was considered a front runner for the post but opted instead for the position of employees’ representative on the former Arbitration Court, a post he held until retirement in 1987.

Wes joined the Labour Party at 15 and was a National Councillor in the 1960s and 70s. He unsuccessfully stood for nomination in the former Lyttelton seat and also seriously considered putting his name forward for the safe Sydenham seat (that went to Jim Anderton, who still holds the renamed Wigram seat today).

Along with anyone else in Labour with a conscience and a spine, Wes became bitterly disillusioned with the Rogernomics Labour government of 1984-90.

“He resigned from the party in 1990 and dabbled with the Alliance. He courted New Zealand First in later years” (Press obituary, 20/5/06, “Penchant for people and poetry”, Mike Crean).

He was President of Timaru Grey Power during the last decade.

Like so many other union leaders of his era, Wes was comfortable describing himself as a socialist (invariably, the enemies of the trade union movement labelled him a communist, which he wasn’t). He learned Russian at night school and made several visits to the former Soviet Union; he admired the Chinese leader, Chairman Mao Ze Dong and had his portrait hung up in his office.

<<<<<<Poodles is getting this Portrait of Chairman Meow after book is out-Iam Monkey Clapping>>>

I remember him as a very approachable, very down to earth man. I have two vivid memories of him. At the height of the 1975-84 Muldoon government, when Piggy routinely claimed that all militant union leaders were both Poms and Commos, Wes told me that the only foreign influence within the trade union movement that he was aware of was the Vatican. :laugh

The other time, I was waiting for the lift in the Trade Union Centre and the door opened to reveal the region’s top unionist, one of the most powerful men in the country at that time, standing there in his suit, tie and Beatlesque haircut, contentedly eating a pie out of a bag. Wes truly was a man of the people, a wonderful orator (an art which has been lost by today’s union leaders), and a leading figure when the organised working class was actively involved in all the great issues of the day, in the workplaces and on the streets. :flowers

His death is another reminder of an era that is gone and which has not been replaced. Obviously, unionists in his day did not have to contend with the full-on attempt to destroy unions which was the 1991 Employment Contracts Act, and everything else which has been used to attack unions and workers in the past 20 years.

That is another story. But it certainly would be good to have some union leaders with Wes’ flair and charisma to inspire today’s 18 year old activists, as he and his colleagues inspired me all those years ago. It is vital that those links be made.