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CORRECTNESS: Offended Muslims cited as reason for Liquor, Hospitality & Miscellaneous Workers Union name change to “United Voice”

lhmunamechange One of Australia’s biggest and oldest unions is changing its name from the Liquor, Hospitality & Miscellaneous Workers Union, partly because they claim the name is offensive to Muslims. Insiders tell VEXNEWS the rebranding exercise will cost the union in excess of two hundred thousand dollars.

Documents filed with Fair Work Australia and obtained by the famed VEXNEWS Investigations Unit confirm [pdf] that the LHMU will shortly be known by the more politically correct “United Voice”.

The union has very diverse coverage from croupiers to childcare workers and its name stems from the amalgamation of the old Liquor & Allied Trades union and the Miscellaneous Workers Union.

image The application filed with Fair Work Australia claims that “the word ‘liquor’ is not in common usage and is offensive to Muslim members, some indigenous members and members in childcare and aged care.

It further claims that the word “miscellaneous” is difficult to spell and has a “pejorative” (negative) association for many members. Presumably they’d struggle to spell ‘pejorative’ if they couldn’t figure out ‘miscellaneous’. And we’re not sure the old lion of the Misso’s Martin Ferguson would even agree that it’s different to pronounce.

The documents reveal that the union engaged the services of “communication consultants” to help dream up a name that would cause less offence to Muslims, the indigenous and sensitive childcare workers.

The end result: “United Voice”

Those friendly with the union tell VEXNEWS the union leadership has wanted to re-brand for some years to something more attractive in marketing terms than a stodgy old acronym (the LHMU) and that the lawyers’ arguments to Fair Work Australia commissioners are designed to get them to agree and are not necessarily because the union has been taken over by politically correct labour history scholars. An overwhelming majority of those on LHMU decision-making bodies supported the change. They have no current plans to re-brand Christmas as Festivus though.


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  1. I’m outraged. Changing the name is nothing but a homophobic reaction designed to repress my sisters rights to congregate together and…. Oh wait.. Sorry my mistake. I thought you were talking about something else.

    Posted by P Wong | November 19, 2010, 0:59
  2. *cue mtr style self righteous tardy outrage*

    Posted by sam new man | November 19, 2010, 1:37
  3. Yes I understand how they must feel. It took me a long time to be able to speel missalaneous. So I am a slow learner but what the heck. I can still pull the birds (as long as their IQ is lower than mine).

    Posted by Boofa Leigh | November 19, 2010, 6:42
  4. What about Hospitality and Service Workers Union (HSWU) instead. United Voice sounds like a political slogan not a unions name and tell you nothing about the workers it represents

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | November 19, 2010, 8:47
  5. united voice, if only the wogs and nips could speak english like the big black boys

    Posted by Alex 2 wongs don't make a white | November 19, 2010, 9:26
  6. I can appreciate the idea that the word is pejorative, but are the unionists too stupid to spell `miscellaneous’? And how is the word `liquor’ not in common usage – we have a `liquor licensing’ system and the Liquor Control Reform Act.

    This is ridiculous.

    Posted by RJ | November 19, 2010, 10:14
  7. Obviously someone consulted the same wankers that came up with the names “One Path” and the “Greater Western Sydney Giants”

    Posted by Right Said Fred | November 19, 2010, 10:47
  8. Kool Mints are the big thing today. They should put that in their name.

    Posted by Jennifer Hewson | November 19, 2010, 13:16
  9. ‘Miscellaneous’ is too hard to spell? FFS, the Federated Miscellaneous Workers Union was established in 1916. Several generations of union members – probably more than a few non-English speakers among them – were able to cope. And that was in the days before spellcheck!

    Posted by Gregoryno6 | November 19, 2010, 13:26
  10. Muslims should not work in the hotel environment if they don’t drink. Should practise what they preach and create their own jobs if they’re so into their own religion and not change our way of life.

    Posted by jakec | November 19, 2010, 13:29
  11. If the Muslims dont like it here,they know where they can go!

    Posted by Brimbank Party hack | November 19, 2010, 14:05
  12. Oh well, seems lots of unions change their names, HSU Victoria changed their name to HSUEAST, in the hope that people thought they were a new union and not part of the corrupt Victorian branch. Did not work

    Posted by Anon | November 19, 2010, 14:14
  13. I used to belong to this union because i am an alcoholic who did lots of odd jobs. Where are my miscellaneous rights at work!!??

    Posted by outraged | November 19, 2010, 14:38
  14. I nearly spilled my beer when I saw this!

    Posted by Disillusioned | November 19, 2010, 14:42
  15. This is reflective of the idiocy that dominates the Victorian State ALP.

    Posted by Why? | November 19, 2010, 15:05
  16. Next thing you will discover is the Kentucky Fried Chicken changed their names so as to appease white people who could not spell

    Posted by Ash Ghebranious | November 19, 2010, 16:09
  17. It’s already been renamed to KFC – the word ‘Fried’ was thought to be unhealthy. #myth

    Posted by Disillusioned | November 19, 2010, 16:19
  18. So ‘miscellaneous’ is difficult for union members to spell. Says it all, really.

    Posted by Walter Plinge | November 19, 2010, 18:07
  19. UV huh??? I always thought it was carcenogenic.

    Posted by The Prodigal Sun | November 20, 2010, 0:22
  20. Bloody muslims! Are they running this country? I’m sick of the minority suck hole do gooders appeasing these blood sucking parasites. Get this country back on track and tell these mulsims to tow the line or leave!

    Posted by Tony Gibson | November 20, 2010, 0:41
  21. And by the way Tony, only because your brain is so small, it is ‘toe’ the line, not tow. If you are going to be so stupid, best to practice in your bedroom first, no one enjoys seeing a grown man make a buffoon of himself in public

    Posted by Wendy | November 20, 2010, 10:05
  22. Where has all the fun in life gone?
    They were known as the ‘Missos and Pissos”, now we’ll have to think up something else.

    Posted by Hanrahan | November 20, 2010, 10:26
  23. Hanrahan,

    How about the Muzzies and the Pussies?

    Posted by Dan Lewis | November 20, 2010, 11:36
  24. Let them ruin their name with cheap marketing ploys. They are plenty of real unions to join.

    Posted by industria et justica | November 20, 2010, 11:47
  25. Andrew, can I wrestle you this year during Festivus celebrations?

    Posted by Benjamin Cass | November 20, 2010, 16:21
  26. @The Prodigal Sun: Thats why all the bosses scared of them!!!

    Posted by a rose is a rose is a rose | November 20, 2010, 17:29
  27. @Wendy.

    Well done, we all know how clever you are. Lefties are always clever.

    We bow down to your righteous pendanticism. It really adds to the discussion.

    Posted by Not Red | November 20, 2010, 17:33
  28. Every year Festivus is celebrated in Wangaratta, Australia at Drage Airworld. Popular local bands play including The Smacky Boys…

    Posted by John Uzi - tram driver | November 20, 2010, 18:28
  29. This is what happens when you have a weak leadership run by academics who learnt Unionism at University. Another nail in the coffin for what was once a good Union that delivered.

    Posted by Shredding my membership | November 20, 2010, 20:06
  30. Another good reason to flush my ALP membership card with tomorrow’s morning stinking dirty dump.

    Posted by Shredding my ALP membership | November 20, 2010, 22:06
  31. Thanks ‘not red’, appreciate your kind words and support. It is a sad reality that many of you Libs are so ignorant and Ill informed. Maybe paying attention at school would have helped. Is that why you vote for Abbott, because you are easily fooled and led astray by floppy eared simpletons?

    Posted by Wendy | November 20, 2010, 22:25
  32. Wendy, speak for your pompous self.
    Seeing a grown man make a buffoon of himself is fabulous free entertainment.
    Besides, where else can you apply the word “buffoon”?

    Posted by Jillsy | November 20, 2010, 23:31
  33. Wendy is a dumb slag with a huge inflated sense of self importance.

    Posted by Rob | November 20, 2010, 23:57
  34. soooo tired of the muslim intimidation in this country! when will people wake up – if you slag off christianity, its called freedom of speech, if you slag off muslims its world war three

    Posted by luckycountry | November 21, 2010, 8:46
  35. Ah islam the religion of “lets take offence at everything we can possibly imagine and watch the infidels suck up to us” – australia is now officially the land of the stupid!

    Posted by wendys brothers second cousins uncle | November 21, 2010, 8:53
  36. Jeez er indoors is on to what I’ve been up to with Wenchy, ‘Percy’ this is another fine mess you’ve got us into, that dopey blonde bimbo Wenchy is still on me back about campaign funds as well – so much for a peaceful sunday, I might go and hide up at Don’s on the green wedge.

    Posted by Boofa | November 21, 2010, 10:29
  37. Birmingham City 1
    Chelsea 0

    Posted by Reds are better in bed | November 21, 2010, 13:18
  38. John Brumby wants Libs to put policy costings to treasury . Labor policies costed by treasury include :

    Very ” Farce Trains”
    Smart Metre
    Desal Plant
    Spence Street Station
    etc etc etc

    Labor’s Budget Costings – Not Worth the Paper They’re Witten on!

    Posted by Labor's Budget Costings - Not Worth the Paper They're Witten on! | November 21, 2010, 14:18
  39. Thanks Rob. I wish you had self importance, but that would be an oxymoron in your case.

    Posted by Wendy | November 21, 2010, 14:35
  40. Pretty soon we won’t be able to celebrate XMas because it may offend the Muslims, where will all this end?

    Posted by MIchael Burd | November 21, 2010, 17:50
  41. Michael,

    The curious thing is that (thus far anyway) Muslims haven’t made that big a deal about Christmas in this country.

    Despite that, local councils and other professional do-gooders are falling over themselves to avoid offence. Thus, Christmas trees are vanished and ham sandwiches gotten rid of before anyone has actually complained.

    The Islamists won’t need to destroy our culture if we are that quick to surrender in the first place.

    Posted by Dan Lewis | November 21, 2010, 18:15
  42. Wendy on the ball as allways.

    Posted by Sotherby | November 22, 2010, 9:41
  43. The Muslims are not behind the name change it is left wing, political correct wankers in this union. Besides I am sure Muslims or anyone else (teetotalers) who oppose booze would not worker is such an industry in the first place

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | November 22, 2010, 15:36
  44. united voice is a great name. we all know they sing the bosses tune.

    Posted by happy clapper | November 22, 2010, 18:50
  45. Adrian Jackson, i guess perhaps the other industries like child care, aged care, hopsital staff and cleaners- or do muslims not subcribe to such practices as well?

    Posted by Newman | November 22, 2010, 22:24
  46. missos aqnd pissos works fine for me

    Posted by andy you | November 23, 2010, 0:15
  47. There is nothing like a bit of lickher. Especially on a Wednesday night with the Wench..

    Posted by Boofa Leigh | November 23, 2010, 6:10


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