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couldn't organise a bun fight in a bakery

(Someone) is utterly incompetent or unable to arrange things successfully; (someone) can't even manage or carry out the simplest of tasks. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I'm not surprised Marie's event was a disaster—she couldn't organize a bun fight in a bakery! The leaders of this country couldn't organise a bun fight in a bakery, so why on earth are people trusting them to handle this situation properly?
See also: bun, fight, organise

couldn't organise a chook raffle

(Someone) is utterly incompetent or unable to arrange things successfully; (someone) can't even manage or carry out the simplest of tasks. ("Chook" is an informal term for a hen or chicken.) Primarily heard in Australia. I'm not surprised Marie's event was a disaster—she couldn't organise a chook raffle! The leaders of this country couldn't organise a chook raffle, let alone overhaul the entire tax code!
See also: chook, organise, raffle

couldn't organise a chook raffle at a poultry farm

(Someone) is utterly incompetent or unable to arrange things successfully; (someone) can't even manage or carry out the simplest of tasks. ("Chook" is an informal term for a hen or chicken.) Primarily heard in Australia. I'm not surprised Marie's event was a disaster—she couldn't organise a chook raffle at a poultry farm! The leaders of this country couldn't organise a chook raffle at a poultry farm, let alone overhaul the entire tax code!
See also: chook, farm, organise, raffle

couldn't organise a chook raffle in a (country) pub

(Someone) is utterly incompetent or unable to arrange things successfully; (someone) can't even manage or carry out the simplest of tasks. ("Chook" is an informal term for a hen or chicken.) Primarily heard in Australia. I'm not surprised Marie's event was a disaster—she couldn't organise a chook raffle in a country pub! The leaders of this country couldn't organise a chook raffle in a country pub, let alone overhaul the entire tax code! No wonder the strike failed. Those dipsticks couldn't organise a chook raffle in a pub!
See also: chook, organise, pub, raffle

couldn't organize a piss-up in a brewery

rude slang Is unable to arrange things successfully. (A "piss-up" is a social gathering at which people drink an excessive amount of alcohol—something that would be easy to do in a brewery.) Primarily heard in UK, Australia. No wonder Marie's event was a disaster—she couldn't organize a piss-up in a brewery!
See also: organize

couldn't organize an orgy in a brothel

rude (Someone) is utterly incompetent or unable to arrange things successfully; (someone) can't even manage or carry out the simplest of tasks. I'm not surprised Marie's event was a disaster—she couldn't organise an orgy in a brothel! The leaders of this country couldn't organise an orgy in a brothel, let alone overhaul the entire tax code!
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couldn't organize a piss-up in a brewery

BRITISH, INFORMAL, VERY RUDE
If you say that someone couldn't organize a piss-up in a brewery, you mean that they are extremely bad at organizing things. She was fired after saying her boss couldn't organize a piss-up in a brewery. Note: A piss-up is a slang word for an occasion at which a lot of alcohol is drunk.
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The statement said that Hamas would treat Fatah just the same way and allow it to organize several rallies in different areas of the Gaza Strip on in-advance agreed upon areas.
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Community organizations have invented their own rules or structures, but they are usually too dependent on the whims of funders to sustain the resources needed to organize on a large scale for a long period of time.
In the case of the workfare campaign, ACORN found it difficult to organize the constituency without providing a direct service to help stabilize the lives of welfare recipients.
Publicly, however, these same officials say the desire to organize on a grassroots level is healthy for students, and that the rigorous process enhances the educational experience overall.
In summary, the authors have addressed several dimensions surrounding efforts to organize the Internet.
How did they organize without the NLRB election process?
Unions that allocate adequate staff and financial resources, for example, make an institutional commitment to be more intensely engaged in the campaign, recruit an organizing staff that is demographically representative of the workers they organize and to run more campaigns.
More important, however, is the discussion of how to organize and prioritize the recovery work, and upon what criteria to base a decision to keep recovery inside or outsource it to a commercial enterprise.
Matthew Goodfellow, PhD, is executive director of the University Research Center, Chicago, which is supported by about 7,000 companies to keep track of union growth and developments, and organize campaigns, elections and strikes.
The union organizes community demonstrations in support of the workers, publicly pressuring the employer to recognize the union.
Sweeney has prodded affiliates to "change to organize," encouraged multi-union cooperation, urged unions to focus on core industries and tried to curtail employer anti-union actions through public and political pressure.
I agree with him that high turnover in a company's work force can become, in many circumstances, a barrier to entry because, as he suggests, the workers to be organized are "something of a moving target." But I would argue this is more true of the older industrial unions that patiently worked to organize a company over an extended period.
Lewis also said that ACORN has continued to organize in the buildings.
I listened in awed silence as the man narrated anecdote after anecdote about his campaigns to organize the poor--in Chicago, in Rochester and Buffalo, New York, and in a dozen other cities.
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