http://www.thesundaymail.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,15505771%5E2765,00.html Uniforms threat by bikie gang 05jun05 A NOTORIOUS bikie gang is threatening a social club for veteran riders because they don't like the nametags on their jackets. The outlaw Rebels gang has told Australia's biggest social motorcycle club, the Ulysses club, to change their uniform or face "enlightenment". The Rebels, who have a history of organised crime, drug distribution and bloody battles with rival gangs, have taken it as a personal insult that Ulysses riders are wearing "rockers", or tags, on their jackets. They are fiercely protective of such logos, usually positioned above or below club insignias, which they consider hard-fought badges of seniority and bikie "honour". The rockers of Ulysses riders, aged from 40 to 91, contain seemingly innocuous information such as nicknames and the branch they belong to. Club officials have told members to do exactly what the Rebels have requested, or face the consequences. This stance has angered some riders, who believe they should not be pushed around. Some already have resigned and others will voice their opinion at a special meeting on Tuesday. "It's gone from threats of violence to where Rebel gang members are removing tags off our jackets. If we don't do it, we will be getting a flogging," a senior Brisbane-based Ulysses club member said. The battle started in March when Canberra-based Rebels confronted Ulysses members during the Ulysses annual meeting, attended by about 5000 riders. A 60-year-old woman was among those threatened. Later that month, Ulysses national secretary Kim Kennerson and treasurer Vic Lesslie were summoned to a tense meeting at the Rebels' Sydney headquarters, where feared national boss Alex Vella reinforced the gang's position. As a result, the Ulysses national executive has told members to take off their rockers in the interests of safety and threatened dissenters with expulsion. Mr Kennerson wrote on the club's website that it was a meeting he would never forget. "Expectations of a quiet face-to-face meeting with Alex and a few others was quickly dispelled as we walked into a hall full of Rebels, all seated awaiting our arrival. "Three seats were already allocated for us facing Alex, who was seated with six of his lieutenants, three either side, with the remaining 40-50 members behind us." During the meeting, it was alleged that some Ulysses members had told the Rebels to "get f-----, we will wear what we like". "When this was mentioned, it did not go down well with those present," Mr Kennerson wrote. More than 100 Ulysses members plan to meet their national executive at the Logan City Tavern on Tuesday to discuss the matter.