Too Bad if You Are a Liberal Voting Member of a Union

by on 9 March, 2012

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The peak union body will consider a multi-million dollar campaign funded by a levy on its 1.8 million members to fight Tony Abbott at the next election.

The proposal has the backing of the Shop, Distributed and Allied Workers union, the largest union in the country, which is urging the ACTU to start fundraising now ahead of the next election.

SDA national secretary Joe de Bruyn told The Australian Online his union strongly backed a levy and promised unions would fight to keep Labor's industrial changes.

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The number of working days lost to industrial disputes has almost doubled in the past 12 months, with business and industry sheeting home the blame to the bargaining provisions in Labor's Fair Work laws.

Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that the number of working days lost to lockouts and strikes rose from 126,600 in 2010 to 241,500 last year.

John Howard did go too far with Work Choices Act but equally Julia Gillard has also gone too far with her Fair Work Act.

If employees want to bargain with employers by themselves they should be allowed. If they want to belong to a union and let the unions bargain on their behalf that’s fine too.

However, the Industrial Relations pendulum has swung too far in favour of the unions.

 

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