Here’s another disturbing comment from an APS member who is concerned about APS members being too squeamish …
“We have heard a lot lately about how awful those Melbourne people were, shouting at the general meeting and not being respectful to the President. In fact we’re told that many ordinary APS members are just sick of the arguing and want to go on with their lives. Finally we’re told that it’s all useless since the governance review got up (by 106 votes).
Well if you don’t want to hear from RAPS, take control of your life and unsubscribe. Simple, really.
But just think about it. It’s been 10 years since psychologists got access to Medicare, but on a two-tier system. That’s 10 years since clinical psychologists have benefited from a higher remuneration than the other 70% of equally effective members in the Society, without any evidence to justify it.
How could this happen? Well, keep in mind that the ruling faction on the board for the past 17 years, with their succession of Presidents and Presidents Elect, has been the Clinical College – supported by the academics. In 2013 there were no less than five professors on the board.
When they hatched this plan to create a new brand of clinical psychologists in 2006, they convinced government – well, Tony Abbott at least – that they were an elite group that deserved more money than others.
How did they fund all this lobbying to government? Well, they used our fees of course. Some would call this using members’ money to feather the nests of the few. Others might call it a scam. Either way you look at it, it’s a conflict of interests, misuse of member’s funds and abject betrayal of the majority of members, to say nothing of the profession.”
As another member today observed about the Gang of Five who set this up: “We were too busy doing our jobs to keep an eye on these people, and we just didn’t believe that the people who represented us would be capable to that sort of treachery.” She has since resigned from the APS and taken up an entirely different profession.
RAPS is trying to keep members informed and fighting for wage justice. But if you’re happy being paid less than you’re worth, and you don’t care about the drastic changes that are going to affect you as the Clinical College noose around the profession slowly but surely tightens, you can just unsubscribe.
No social system changes without conflict. Why do you think women (the majority of psychologists) are taught that it’s unladylike to shout and argue? And that’s just what the Melbourne RAPS people did, didn’t they? THEY MADE A FUSS! Outrageous! Off with their heads. Imagine them having the nerve to argue.
Yes, if you want to go on being a nice girl – just unsubscribe. Reflect on why we have a gender pay gap in this country. It’s because women so rarely stand up for themselves. But you have every right not to care two hoots about your livelihood, and loudly complain about those who do.
You’re perfectly free to go on being the sort of example of learned helplessness that some of us hope our daughters and grand-daughters don’t learn. You wouldn’t let your clients get away with that, would you? You’d be constructively confronting in a flash. But when it’s you who thinks that people who don’t meekly accept injustice are loud and tiresome and committing an unpardonable offence against etiquette … well, that’s another thing entirely.
So if you believe that, do more than unsubscribe. Go to bed and pull the covers over your head.
Meanwhile, the rest of us can gird our bloody loins up, as C.J. Dennis once implored Australians of a generation that knew what courage and principle demanded, and move on and support the spill, fight for wage justice, get some changes happening and MAKE A FUSS!